WATCH | Inside Boeing's 787-10 Dreamliner
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) —
Representatives from the Middle East made a visit to Boeing in North Charleston Thursday to look at the new 787-10 Dreamliner. The media was also invited along for a look behind the scenes.
Yousef Al Otaiba, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States flew in and toured the North Charleston facility to see how the planes are made from start to finish.
“Incredibly impressive. I didn’t know the level of sophistication and automation until I actually saw it,” Otaiba said.
For Boeing executives, Otaiba’s visit was an important one.
“They’re our biggest customer on the 777, they’re our biggest customer on the 787 and it’s a mince,” said David Carbon, Vice President of 787 production at Boeing South Carolina. “It’s inspiration for our folks, I mean, we build these airplanes for our customers so it’s just a shot in the arm.”
UAE already has some 500 Boeing planes, but there’s many more to come. Etihad Airways ordered 30 787-10’s.
“Our airlines need your airplanes to meet the growing demand for air travel in our region,” Otaiba said to a room of executives, lawmakers, and stakeholders. He said the partnership between Boeing and UAE is mutually beneficial.
“Not only do we buy the aircrafts that these people build, but we use them to expand and diversify our economy,” said Otaiba. “Our students fly on it, our patients fly on it to come to the U.S., so from the beginning to the end, it’s a great story.”
The 787-10 is largest plane in the Dreamliner family. It can carry more than 300 passengers and has become a plane of choice for much of the airline industry in the UAE.
In the last 10 years, officials said UAE commercial customers have spent $150.2 billion on Boeing aircrafts, creating and sustaining more than 781,000 U.S. jobs.