Boeing recently delivered the first 787-9 Dreamliner, assembled at its North Charleston, South Carolina, facility, to United Airlines.
The Dreamliner marks a milestone for the 787 program because it is the 250th Dreamliner to be delivered.
"In 2012, we delivered our first South Carolina-built 787-8, and less than three years later, we're celebrating another significant milestone – our first 787-9 delivery," Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina, said. "This is an incredible achievement for Boeing, and I'm proud to be a member of the Boeing South Carolina team."
Boeing South Carolina began the fabrication, assembly and integration of the aft and mid fuselage sections for the very first Boeing 787-9 in 2013, before they were delivered to Everett Final Assembly.
In 2014, the first aft and mid sections were delivered to Boeing South Carolina Final Assemble, and they began working on the first South Carolina-built 787-9.
In January 2015, the airplane entered the flight line and completed its first flight in February.
"Our customers have told us they love flying on the Dreamliner, and we're excited to mark yet another first for the aircraft with this delivery from Boeing South Carolina," United's Vice President of Fleet Ron Baur said. "We were the first North American carrier to fly the 787-8 in September 2012 and the first to fly 787-9s in September 2014."