Five of those Darn Big Loaders are now in place, one at each of the major manufacturing sites in Grottaglie; Nagoya, Japan; and Charleston, S.C.; Wichita, Kan.; and Everett.
Boeing expects the other big chunks of the first airplane here within the next few weeks, and final assembly of the first 787 is due to be completed for a July 8 rollout.
The 787 manufacturing plan is that sections will arrive fully stuffed with all systems, including wiring. But Boeing said it won't achieve that ideal production state for a while.
For this first jet, as expected, the section arrived not entirely finished.
Jet partly dismantled after July rollout to do interior work and big pieces not yet reinstalled.
Jet partly dismantled after July rollout to do interior work
With orders for the 787 set to pass the 500 mark, Boeing is planning beyond the climactic rollout of the first airplane in July.