Dreamliner in S.C.

The Chicago aviation giant expects to deliver the first plane to a Japanese airline by the end of next year.

That plane will be delivered at Seattle, while the company builds a $750 million expansion in North Charleston that will also finalize and deliver Dreamliners by 2012.

Boeing announced in October plans to build a new factory to assemble its 787 Dreamliner jet near its existing manufacturing campus at Charleston International Airport.

The project, one of the largest economic development investments in S.C. history, could create 2,000 construction jobs and will lead to at least 3,800 permanent jobs.

Site work is under way at Charleston International Airport for the assembly plant, where the new passenger jet will be locally made in 2011.

- The (Charleston) Post and Courier