First Boeing 787 Made In SC Flying Into Service

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The first Boeing 787 manufactured in South Carolina is flying into service.

The plane that was formally delivered to Air India in a ceremony last week flew out of the Charleston International Airport on Monday.

The plane is the first assembled at the Boeing assembly plant in North Charleston that opened more than a year ago. The plane, the 28th 787 manufactured by Boeing, made its maiden test flight over the Atlantic Ocean last spring.

Boeing plans to produce about three planes a month at its $750 million South Carolina plant by the end of next year. The 787 is made partly from composite materials, including carbon fiber-reinforced plastic.