WASHINGTON, APRIL 29:
Amid great fanfare, Boeing has rolled out the first 787 Dreamliner aircraft produced at its brand new plant in South Carolina.
The aircraft has been built for Air India and will be delivered in mid-2012.
The rollout marks the first time that a Boeing commercial airplane has been produced in the Southeastern United States, the US aerospace giant said.
"This is a proud moment for Boeing as we roll out an airplane from our third final assembly site," Mr Jim Albaugh, President and Chief Executive Officer, Commercial Airplanes, said yesterday at the function held in North Charleston.
Systems checks, engine runs
The 787 airplane built for Air India next goes to the flight line, where it will go through systems checks and engine runs in advance of taxi testing and first flight.
The airplane remains on schedule for delivery to Air India in mid-2012, Boeing said in a statement.
While Air India has ordered 27 of these new planes, Jet Airways has placed orders for ten. The national carrier is expected to get at least three of these airplanes this year.
The long-haul aircraft, made of composite materials like carbon fibre, is portrayed as fuel-efficient aircraft which would help slash flying costs significantly.
"We’ll celebrate today, and tomorrow we begin the process of getting the airplane ready for delivery to our Air India customer," said Mr Jack Jones, Boeing South Carolina Vice-President and General Manager.