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Boeing rolls out first 787 made in South Carolina


The new Boeing Dreamliner 787 sits on the tarmac at Manchester Airport during it's tour of the world on April 24, 2012 in Manchester, England.


Christoper Furlong

Boeing rolled out the first 787 Dreamliner built in a new plant in South Carolina Friday.

Amid cheers and fanfare the massive jetliner was rolled onto the tarmac with Boeing employees chanting "We build jets!"

According to Bloomberg, the jet will be delivered to customer Air India and will be in the skies flying passengers within a month.

"I feel great. I tell you what: Whenever you go to a new site, obviously there's uncertainty. There's risk," said Jim Albaugh, the Chief Executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, during the ceremony, reported Reuters.

"We came here for the people. We came here because of South Carolina. We're not disappointed at all. They've exceeded all of our expectations."

Before this week, the South Carolina plant which employs around 6,000 people, had only built 787 rear fuselages and mid-fuselages.

South Carolina now makes the entire 787 airplane.

The move to South Carolina, a state that does not require union membership as a condition of employment, came under fire from unions in Washington State who saw the move as retaliation for recent strikes, said Bloomberg.

According to the Seattle Times, the South Carolina plant in North Charleston now joins Toulouse, France and Everett, Wash. as the only three elite widebody jet assembly sites in the world.

Boeing delivered the first 787 to All Nippon Airways in Japan last September - three years behind schedule.