Boeing (NYSE: BA) in North Charleston, SC has begun final assembly of the first 787-10 Dreamliner, the company said.
The first 787-10 will cycle through Boeing South Carolina´s final assembly facility as all major sections are joined, interior and exterior components completed, power turned on and production tests begin.
The first 787-10 is expected to fly in 2017 and first delivery is scheduled for 2018.
The 787-10 is the third member of the 787 Dreamliner family. As a stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 will retain 95 percent commonality while adding seats and cargo capacity, with 25 percent better fuel per seat and emissions than the airplanes it will replace.
Boeing said it has received 154 787-10 orders from nine customers.