United Airlines in November added to its fleet its first Boeing South Carolina-produced 787-8, and Charleston International-based employees commemorated the event with a tour of the factory and the aircraft before it flew into service.
"It was an incredible place to visit," said CHS Customer Service Team Leader Paul Kvidt. "It's a technological wonder inside their plant, and we were given a behind-the-scenes tour. It felt like, in Boeing's eyes, we are one of their best customers. We were treated like VIPs."
United Airlines is the first U.S. airline to fly the popular 787, which first entered commercial service in 2011. Boeing has taken orders for about 980 787s. The aircraft features fuel-efficient engines and burns up to 20 percent less fuel per seat than today’s similarly sized planes. Unitedhas a total order commitment for 65 787s, including the -9 and -10 models. United is scheduled to receive its next 787 in January.
The Boeing South Carolina produced aircraft is currently operating regularly scheduled service between Denver and Los Angeles to Tokyo, Los Angeles to Shanghai, and Houston and Lagos, Nigeria.