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Boeing 787 production continuing in SC

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm •  Published: January 17, 2013

Four of the 50 planes in service were built in South Carolina and sold to Air India. The airline took delivery of the first South Carolina-built plane in October. There have been no reports of problems with the batteries on those planes but the Indian government ordered Air India to ground its entire fleet of six Boeing 787s.

The FAA is investigating the lithium batteries on the planes that can leak corrosive fluid and start fires.

The North Charleston assembly plant has a goal of producing three 787s a month by the end of this year.

The first aircraft built at Boeing's $750 million assembly plant came off the assembly line last April.

When it opened in the summer of 2011, the plant represented the largest single industrial investment in South Carolina history.