Marco Cavazzoni, vice president and general manager of 787 final assembly and delivery, Charleston, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said the new facility will expand Boeing’s production capability and strengthen the 787 program as it works toward rate. “And that reflects our commitment to our customers, our team and our South Carolina community.”

Today, Boeing Charleston fabricates, assembles and installs systems for 787 aft fuselage sections and joins and integrates mid-body fuselage sections from other structural partners. With the new, 1.2-million-square-foot building, Boeing will perform final assembly and deliver 787s from North Charleston to customers around the world. Construction on the new facility is on schedule, with production due to begin in July 2011. Boeing will deliver the first 787 built in Charleston in first-quarter 2012. To date, 90% of the Boeing direct-contracted dollars for the project have been with South-Carolina-based companies.

According to Boeing, 57 customers around the world have ordered 866 787s since the program was launched in April 2004, making the Dreamliner the fastest-selling new commercial jetliner in history. Boeing said the 787 Dreamliner will be more efficient, quieter and have lower emissions than other airplanes, while offering passengers greater comfort and the convenience of direct, non-stop flights between more cities around the world.