Boeing S.C. marks milestone with 100th Dreamliner

by Liz Segrist

Beverly Wyse (right), vice president and general manager of Boeing S.C., was joined by Terri Pope, American Airlines’ operations vice president in Charlotte, who took delivery Tuesday of American's new 787 built in North Charleston. (Photo/Kim McManus)

Beverly Wyse (right), vice president and general manager of Boeing S.C., was joined by Terri Pope, American Airlines’ operations vice president in Charlotte, who took delivery Tuesday of American’s new 787 built in North Charleston. (Photo/Kim McManus)

About four years after the first S.C.-built Dreamliner rolled out of Boeing South Carolina’s final assembly in North Charleston, the facility delivered its 100th Dreamliner to American Airlines on Tuesday.

Boeing S.C. delivered its 100th Dreamliner to American Airlines on Tuesday as hundreds of employees joined politicians and reporters from the Charleston and Puget Sound, Wash., areas. (Photo/Kim McManus)

Boeing S.C. delivered its 100th Dreamliner to American Airlines on Tuesday as hundreds of employees joined politicians and reporters from the Charleston and Puget Sound, Wash., areas. (Photo/Kim McManus)

The 787-8 Dreamliner sat on Boeing’s flight line next to the delivery center as hundreds of employees — along with politicians and reporters from Charleston and Washington state — gathered for a news conference.

Before turning over the plane and its keys to American Airlines, Beverly Wyse, the vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina, said the “next 100 airplanes will happen in about half the time.”

“Reaching this milestone is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team,” Wyse said. “As we continue to prepare for the new 787-10 and production rate increases, we’re excited about what the future holds here in North Charleston.”

The 226-seat commercial jet is the airline’s 14th 787-8 Dreamliner. American Airlines has ordered 42 Dreamliners — 20 787-8s and 22 787-9s —with plans for the first of the 787-9s to be delivered in the fall.

The airline does not have any plans to order the 787-10 as of now, according to Terri Pope, American Airlines’ operations vice president in Charlotte.

American Airlines, the largest airline in the country, has flown 445,000 passengers and more than 11 million miles on Dreamliners thus far, Wyse said.

Pope said the Dreamliner has enabled the airline to offer longer international routes, particularly to Asia, that would not have otherwise happened.

“They have designed this for customers, from the lighting to the window shades to the air quality, this is all about what the customers want when they come onboard an aircraft,” Pope said.

Reach staff writer Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119 or @lizsegrist on Twitter.

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Liz Segrist covers manufacturing, aerospace, ports, technology, startups and commercial real estate for the Charleston Regional Business Journal. Reach her at 843-849-3119 or via email.