First 787 Dreamliner fuselage rolls off S.C. line

NORTH CHARLESTON — Vought Aircraft Industries rolled out the first piece of fuselage this afternoon for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner — the newest generation of airplane that promises improved fuel efficiency and increased passenger comfort.

Vought is making the rear 23 percent of the fuselage in its North Charleston plant.

The fuselage will be shipped to Everett, Wash., where it will be integrated — along with components built by more than a dozen other suppliers from around the world — into the first Dreamliner.

That first aircraft is scheduled to be assembled by July 8.

Boeing already has more than 500 orders for the Dreamliner from more than 40 customers.