Boeing S.C. plans to roll out the first completed 787-10 Dreamliner sometime Friday at its North Charleston campus, and President Donald Trump will attend the event, Boeing confirmed today.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed Trump's plans to visit South Carolina on Friday during a broadcast press briefing this afternoon.
The rollout will occur two days after Boeing workers vote on whether they want representation by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
The unionization possibility and the 787-10 rollout make the timing of a presidential visit interesting.
Trump has been at odds with Boeing Co. several times during his campaign and since being elected, with comments about the plane manufacturer’s plans to build a plant in China and the cost of Boeing’s Air Force One jets.
However, the rollout and the company’s 8,000 aerospace jobs in South Carolina could be an opportunity for Trump to tout his stance of creating more jobs and increasing U.S. manufacturing.
North Charleston is the only site in the world to produce the 787-10, unlike the 787-8 and 787-9, which are built at the company’s North Charleston and Everett, Wash., sites.
The 787-10 entered final assembly late last year. Flight testing will begin this year, and the jets are expected to be delivered to airline customers in 2018. The company has secured 149 orders for the 787-10 from nine customers around the world, the company said.