Air India to get first SC-made Boeing 787

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Air India is becoming the first customer for the Boeing 787 jetliners being assembled at a plant in North Charleston.

A spokeswoman for the manufacturer confirmed that the airline is scheduled to pick up a 787 in the spring.

Air India ordered 27 jetliners in 2005. Last month, the airline decided to proceed with the full order after loan approval from the Export-Import Bank of the United States and a sale-leaseback arrangement.

Boeing's $750 million aircraft assembly plant opened earlier this year, the largest single industrial investment in South Carolina history. By 2013, Boeing expects to assemble 10 of the 787 jetliners per month, with about 3 of those coming from North Charleston.

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