Already in North Charleston, a Boeing plant performs fabrication, assembly and systems installation for the 787 aft fuselage sections. Across the street, Global Aeronautica, which is 50% owned by Boeing, joins and integrates 787 fuselage sections from other structural partners.

Boeing said that until the second 787 assembly line is brought on line in North Charleston, it will establish "transitional surge capability" in Everett to ensure the successful introduction of the 787-9, the first derivative model of the 787. When the second line in Charleston is operating, the surge capability in Everett will be phased out.

Albaugh said Washington remains important to Boeing. "Everett will continue to design and produce airplanes, including the 787, and there is tremendous opportunity for our current and future products here," he said.

-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C. .

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