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Boeing - South Carolina

2014 CMSC Tour
UPDATE: Tour is sold out!

This years tour is sponsored by Nikon Metrology.

The CMSC tour this year will start by meeting at the flagpole at the Convention Center at 7:00-7:30 a.m. on Friday, boarding buses that will take us to the Boeing Charleston facility, the second of two Boeing 787 Final Assembly and Delivery sites in the United States. DO NOT BE LATE TO BOARD THE BUS! After receiving a visitor badge we'll proceed to the factory observation level for an overview of the 787 Final Assembly Process. (NOTE: Because of the active production environment, we will not be permitted on the factory floor). After leaving the observation level there will be time for Q & A with our Boeing host.


At 9:30 we re-board the buses which will take us on a city tour and then to Charleston Harbor for a lunch cruise. We'll board the Carolina Queen, an actual paddle wheel boat and depart for a historic and nature tour of the harbor including Fort Sumter and the salt marshes. During the approximate two hour cruise, we will have a very nice buffet lunch with some tasty southern specialties.


We should return to the dock at approximately 1:30 PM and board the buses for the hotel. Arrival back at the hotel will be between 2:00 and 2:30 PM.



7:30 AM – Board buses at the Embassy Suites Hotel Airport/Convention Center

               Meet at the Flag pole outside the Convention Center

8:00 AM – Arrive at the Boeing Charleston facility, receive badges

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM - Boeing Charleston Balcony Tour and Q&A

9:30 AM– 9:45 AM – Board buses for Charleston Harbor

9:45 AM-10:45 AM – Bus Tour of the City

11:00 AM – Arrive at the harbor, board the boat for the harbor tour and lunch

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM – Harbor tour and lunch

1:30 PM – Arrive back at the dock

2:00 PM – Board buses for return trip to Embassy Suites

2:30 PM– Arrive Embassy Suites, disembark


NOTE: The Boeing Charleston site does not yet have a public tour; this tour is being setup specifically for the CMSC participants. Because of the private nature of the tour and that we will be in a live factory, minimum age for attendance is 18 years old. We apologize for any inconvenience.


In addition, the Boeing Charleston facility does not allow certain countries to view the 787 Final Assembly Process. So when signing up for the tour, please provide the following information for each attendee:




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Boeing South Carolina is an assembly site for Boeing Commercial Airplanes division, located in North Charleston, South Carolina. The site is the major manufacturing, assembly and delivery site for Boeing commercial aircraft in the eastern United States and is one of the largest employment centers in the state. The site currently serves as one of two final assembly and delivery points for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The site has seen rapid investment and growth since Boeing made a number of purchases in 2008 and 2009 from its former suppliers Vought and Alenia who had factories there.

The aft fuselage sections 47 and 48, for the 787, are fabricated at the North Charleston site. Sections 44 and 46 are manufactured by Alenia in Grottaglie, Italy. Section 43 is fabricated by Kawasaki in Nagoya,Japan. Section 45/11 is fabricated by Fuji Heavy Industries in Nagoya, Japan. Section 41 is fabricatedby Spirit AeroSystems inWichita, Kansas. Two 747 Dreamlifter Cargo planes are stationed at Boeing Charleston for transporting components of the 787.