NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft assembled at the company's North Charleston plant has been delivered.
Boeing says the stretch version of the standard Dreamliner has been delivered to United Airlines after assembly was completed in January.
"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, Boeing South Carolina, said in a statement. "This is an incredible achievement for Boeing, and I'm proud to be a member of the Boeing South Carolina team."
The aircraft is 20 feet longer and carries more passengers than the standard 787. It also touts 20 percent less fuel use and emissions than the airplanes the 787-9 replaces, Boeing says.
It is also the 250th Dreamliner delivered by the company.
Boeing South Carolina began building and assembling portions of the first Dreamliner 787-9 in the first quarter of 2013, but those parts were delivered to the company's final assembly plant in Everett, Washington.
Work on assembling the first 787-9 in South Carolina began last November. The new plane completed its first flight last month.
The plane is the fourth 787-9 for United Airlines. United Vice President of Fleet Ron Baur said United was the first North American carrier to fly the 787-8 in September of 2012 and the first to fly the 787-9 two years later.