By Matt Tomsic
Published Jan. 2, 2013
Boeing South Carolina delivered two Lowcountry-built 787s during December, bringing its total deliveries of Dreamliners manufactured at the facility to three for 2012, a spokesman said.
Boeing South Carolina’s total deliveries included three Dreamliners built in North Charleston and two built in Everett, Wash., the company’s other final assembly and delivery site.
Tim Deaton, a spokesman for Boeing South Carolina, said the company doesn’t discuss future deliveries.
Boeing South Carolina was busy during 2012, finishing its first 787 and delivering several Dreamliners to Air India.
The company also began negotiations with the Charleston County Aviation Authority to more than double its footprint in North Charleston. On Dec. 20, the aviation authority board approved a resolution to begin the negotiations for the land acquisitions. The deal would include land purchases of 320 acres of undeveloped airport property, rights of first refusal for an additional 488 acres and a purchase option in 2025 for Boeing South Carolina’s main campus, which is 265 acres.
“We’re committed long term to the Lowcountry,” said Rick Muttart, the director of the aerospace giant’s Site Services Group, after the aviation authority meeting. “What we’ve got to do is be able to protect our potential needs for future growth. We don’t have any specific plans, but this positions us well should we make some decisions to expand.”
Editor’s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the number of Dreamliners delivered in 2012 that were built in North Charleston. A corrected version of the story appears above. (Updated Jan. 3, 2013)