This is a huge milestone as the future of the 787 seems to be tied to the 787-9 and, to certain extent, the 787-10. As the production rate increases in North Charleston there should be more 787-9s being built in North Charleston but for the first year or so most of the 787s that are built in Boeing North Charleston will be the 787-8. In 2015 I expect the lion share of 787-9 that are delivered will be built in Everett.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Since Boeing's 787 plant in North Charleston opened in 2011 it has exclusively built the 787-8. This Sunday (Nov. 23rd) that will change when ZB170 (LN 269, N35953) is loaded into position 1A at the North Charleston plant to start the final assembly process. The aircraft is destined for United Airlines and should be delivered sometime in March.