The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved adding Boeing's South Carolina-built 787-9 Dreamliners to the company’s production certificate, the company said last week.
This move allows Boeing to begin producing and delivering 787-9s from its facility in the Palmetto State, which previously added 787-8 production to its certificate in July 2012.
“This is yet another significant milestone in the short history of this impressive site and a tribute to our teammates’ hard work, flexibility and dedication,” Boeing South Carolina Vice President and General Manager Beverly Wyse said. “This certification is further evidence that our 787 production system is robust and we’re committed to meeting customer commitments with a focus on safety and quality.”
In order to obtain the certificate, Boeing had to demonstrate to the FAA that its facilities and quality management systems meet the agency’s strict safety and reliability requirements. Adding 787-9s to Boeing South Carolina’s production certificate came after a successful compliance audit by the FAA Manufacturing Inspection District Office, which verified the site’s compliance with the company’s accepted quality management system.
“Successfully completing this audit is a testament to our culture of safety and quality,” Quality Director Stewart Johnson said. “I’m proud of the way our teams work together to stay focused on delivering first-time quality to our customers every day.”