The newest and largest member of the 787 Dreamliner family, the 787-10, took to the skies for the first time on Friday, March 31, from Charleston International Airport. The first flight of the newest 787 variant, built exclusively at Boeing South Carolina, completed a journey that began nearly a decade ago when Boeing committed to a region not yet known for aerospace manufacturing. That commitment has been a homerun for Boeing, the state of South Carolina, our Lowcountry communities and generations of future aerospace professionals to come.
Today Boeing employs nearly 7,500 people in South Carolina. The scope of work has grown well beyond the initial key role in the 787 production system as the company has placed significant additional work here due to the team’s success.
Engineering Design Center
The Engineering Design Center team supports Boeing’s business from product development through design, production and in-service support. Boeing South Carolina engineers provide comprehensive support to the site as well as non-787 projects and programs.
Boeing Research & Technology
The Boeing Research & Technology team is the center of company’s composite manufacturing development activities. Scientists, engineers and technicians operate in state-of-the-art laboratories, developing advancements needed to improve manufacturing techniques across the company. Key projects currently in development include robotics and an exoskeleton to help reduce muscular and skeletal stress during airplane production.
The Information Technology team at Boeing South Carolina provides support for projects and programs across the Boeing enterprise. They ensure the company’s complex networks are optimized and running smoothly, and strengthen the company’s ability to gather and analyze vast data sets, particularly in the realm of airplane performance data analytics.
When Boeing made the decision to bring propulsion work in-house, it looked to South Carolina. The team embraced the challenge and is now designing and building nacelles for the 737 MAX program that is currently ramping up. Rates are expected to continue to increase over the next several years. Propulsion South Carolina is also responsible for the design of the new 777X engine nacelle.
Joint Base Charleston C-17 Operations
Boeing employees located at Joint Base Charleston provide field engineering, engine handling support, on-site repair, recovery, modification services and technical support for the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft.
Tapestry Solutions, Inc., a Boeing Company, is a global leader in information management solutions and provides technical services and solutions for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command’s (SPAWAR) Tactical Mobile (TacMobile) program. TacMobile delivers ground elements supporting U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon and P-3C’s anti-submarine warfare and maritime aircraft operations. Tapestry supports the design, development, integration and sustainment for the current and future TacMobile ground systems.
Boeing has donated more than $32 million to charitable organizations throughout the state, emphasizing K-12 education. Boeing South Carolina teammates have also given nearly $1 million to Charleston-area nonprofits through the company’s Employees Community Fund.
Through the DreamLearners outreach program for middle and high schools, Boeing teammates have engaged more than 290,000 South Carolina students to educate and motivate around opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).