Boeing’s SC plant delivers first 787-9 aircraft

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2013, file photo, workers assemble Boeing 787 Dreamliners at the company's massive assembly plant in North Charleston, S.C. The Machinists union on Monday, March 16, 2015 asked the National Labor Relations Board to set an election so Boeing production workers at the plant can decide whether they want union representation. About 2,500 plant workers are expected to be eligible to vote. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith, File)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft assembled at the company’s South Carolina plant has been delivered.

The company said Tuesday that the stretch version of the standard Dreamliner has been delivered to United Airlines after assembly was completed in January. Test flights were conducted last month.

The aircraft is 20 feet longer and carries more passengers than the standard 787 Dreamliner. It’s also the 250th Dreamliner delivered by the company.

Two years ago, workers at Boeing’s plant in North Charleston began fabrication and assembly work on the rear and mid-fuselage sections for the first Boeing 787-9.

Those parts were delivered to the Boeing plant in Everett, Washington, for final assembly.

Work on assembling the first 787-9 in South Carolina began last November.

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