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2/17 Travel Pool #0 -- Boeing background
Zeke Miller • TIME
February 17, 2017: 08:17 AM


Good morning from the Joint Base Andrews parking lot.

Some background from Boeing spokesman Gordon Johndroe on the company's South Carolina operations and the 787-10.

Boeing South Carolina

  • Boeing South Carolina (BSC) employs more than 7,500 employees. Since we began operations in 2009, we have invested more than $2 billion in land, facilities, infrastructure and tools in South Carolina. We spend approximately $355 million annually with nearly 300 South Carolina suppliers and vendors.
  • Today, the aerospace industry in South Carolina supports more than 100,000 jobs and generates $19 billion annually in economic activity. For every 10 aerospace private sector jobs in South Carolina, 13 additional jobs are created elsewhere in the state.
  • Since Boeing announced its North Charleston operations, more than 30 other aerospace companies announced a new location or an expansion in South Carolina. Now, the average employee growth rate for aerospace in South Carolina is 11.4% eight times higher than the average 1.4% annual growth rate for the state overall, demonstrating that Boeing is truly an economic driver.
  • At BSC's 743-acre North Charleston airport campus, teammates fabricate, assemble and install systems for aft (rear) fuselage sections of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and join and integrate midbody fuselage sections. The site is also home to the company's newest 787 Dreamliner final assembly and delivery facility.
  • Boeing has three additional facilities in the Palmetto Commerce Industrial Park (north campus) nearby: the Interiors Responsibility Center South Carolina, Propulsion South Carolina which supports the 737 MAX and 777X, and Boeing Research & Technology-South Carolina. A new Engineering Design Center and Information Technology Center has also opened in the Charleston area.
787 Dreamliner Family
  • The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a super-efficient family of commercial airplanes that entered service in 2011. The 787 is the first commercial airplane that has a primary composite structure composite materials make up 50 percent of the primary structure of the 787, including the fuselage and wing. This enables new interior features such as lower cabin altitude and larger windows and extends the heavy check interval to 12 years.
  • More than 500 787s have been delivered to airlines all over the world, and the 787 program has more than 1,200 orders from 66 global customers. More than 140 million passengers have flown the 787, and 130 new non-stop routes have been created by the 787.
  • We are currently delivering the 787 at a rate of 12 airplanes a month the fastest wide-body production rate in history. The 787 airplane is built at Boeing facilities in North Charleston, SC and Everett, Wash.
  • There are approximately 2.3 million parts in the 787. This includes fasteners, systems parts, etc. By comparison, the 767 has 3.1 million parts.
Factory Briefing
  • Plasma screen features "then and now" imagery of the BSC site to show the seven-year transformation from marsh to a world-class aerospace facility.
  • Composite materials are the hallmark of 787 structural technology. Sections of the airplane will show how this durable materials provides new manufacturing possibilities with advanced manufacturing driven by human ingenuity. Various parts of the airplane will be on display to demonstrate how the light-weight material helps fuel efficiency and environmental performance of the 787 fleet.
  • Technology on display will also include a next-generation manufacturing robot that creates new job opportunities for teammates. A demonstration will show how the machine performs tasks that are ergonomically challenging for people but does not displace the need for men and women to be deeply involved in the manufacturing process.
  • Boeing Research and Technology personnel will demonstrate an exoskeleton, technology a mechanic could wear like a suit to minimize the physical demands of challenging tasks required to build airplanes.
Tour of 787-10 in 'Position 1'
  • This is where the first major parts the wings and the center section come together to form the Dreamliner. Modern factory tools used in the production of the Dreamliner include laser alignment and orbital drills that help ensure the highest quality will be on display.
  • Similar technologies are used as additional parts are joined here including the nose (built by Spirit Aerospace in Wichita, KS) and forward section of the airplane (built by Kawasaki Heavy industries in Japan) as well as the tail components (built at BSC, Boeing Salt Lake City and Leonardo in Italy).
  • Pieces arrive with most wiring, ducting and systems installed and tested. In addition to joining the hardware, the wiring, ducting and systems elements are also connected.
  • Once the airplane leaves this area, mechanics turn power on and test all of the avionics.
787-10
  • The 787-10 is being built exclusively at BSC and is the longest model of the 787 family. The airplane has 149 orders from nine customers across the globe. Following Friday's debut, the airplane will be prepared for flight testing.
  • The 787-10 will have up to 15 percent better fuel use and emissions than competitors' airplanes, and it is the most fuel efficient aircraft in the world. 1.45 Megawatts of electrical power can be produced by the 787's more-electric architecture. That's enough to power 400 homes, and more than five times the power on a current 767.
The Basics
  • Length: 68.3 m (224 ft) 5.48 meters (18 ft.) longer than 787-9. Wingspan: 60.17m (197ft) same as 787-8 and -9, almost identical to A330
  • Seats: 330 passengers in typical two class configuration -- 40 more seats than 787-9, 56 more seats than A330-300/900. 440 passengers in high density one class configuration. Maximum Take-off Weight: 560,000 lbs / 254,000kg
  • Fuel Capacity: 126,357 liters (33,380 gallons). Cargo Capacity: 175.2 m3 (6,187 ft3) Carries more revenue cargo volume than 747-8 or A380
Performance
  • Range: 6,430 nmi. Typical Routes: Tokyo-Seattle, London-Cape Town, Paris-Mumbai, Chicago-Athens, SFO-Tokyo, Charleston-Buenos Aires, Singapore-Istanbul. Long Range Cruise: Mach 0.85 same 747....faster than A330 (0.81M) saving 30 minutes on a 12-hour flight
  • Quiet in Flight: 60% reduction in noise noise footprint contained within airport grounds; schedule reliability: 99.3%, better than any Airbus wide-body
Fuel and Economics
  • 25% more efficient than A330-300, 15% better than A330-900 and 10% better than A350; lower trip cost than A330-300 while carrying 56 more passengers.; 15% lower seat mile cost than A330-900
Systems and Flight Deck
  • The 787 has eliminated pneumatic systems replacing them with electrically powered systems. The electric system improves efficiency by extracting only the power actually needed driving each phase of flight.
  • The 787 electrical systems are monitored automatically by the Airplane Health Management system, improving airplane availability and productivity.
  • Dual head-up displays (HUD), 5 very large flat panel multifunction displays, dual Electronic Flight Bags (EFB), and an electronic checklist are provided as standard; the 787 flight deck has about half as many LRUs as the 777 and 747 (13 total), and half the spares costs.
Interior
  • New architecture and cross section 15 inches wider than A330; new led lighting virtually unlimited lighting color combinations; large, electronically dimmable windows: 80% larger than A330/ 40% larger than A350
  • New bins accommodates a roller bags for every passenger; smoother ride, lower cabin altitude (6,000 ft. versus 8,000 ft.), higher humidity and cleaner air
Orders, Deliveries Backlog and Production
  • 787 Family at 1,202 orders from 66 customers; 787-8: 418 orders from 49 customers; 787-9: 633 orders from 39 customer; 787-10: 149 orders from 9 customers. 19 customers have ordered more than one model
  • The first 787-8 delivery was in September 2011 to ANA. The first 787-9 delivery was to ANZ in July 2014. The 787-10 is expected to be delivered in 2018 to Singapore Airlines. Other customers include Air France/KLM, BA, ANA, United, Etihad, EVA, GECAS and ALC.


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