Boeing 787’s in various stages of assembly at Boeing’s Everett Plant on April 29, 2017 in Everett. (The Boeing Co.)

Boeing 787’s in various stages of assembly at Boeing’s Everett Plant on April 29, 2017 in Everett. (The Boeing Co.)

A brief timeline of the Boeing 787

Here’s a look back at two decades of ups and downs for one of Boeing’s marquee airplanes.

Dec. 2003: Boeing selects Everett as the site of its final assembly line for the 787 passenger jet. Ahead of the decision, Gov. Gary Locke and state lawmakers had approved $3.2 billion in incentives to persuade Boeing to build the 787 here. The incentives applied to all eligible aerospace firms.

April 26, 2004: The 787 program launches with an order for 50 from All Nippon Airways. A 2008 delivery date is targeted.

Jan. 28, 2005: Boeing names its new fuel-efficient jet the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The model designation comes at the same time the company announces orders from the People’s Republic of China for 60 of the airplanes. The planes would be delivered to six carriers — Air China, China Eastern, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and Xiamen Airlines.

July 8, 2007: Boeing rolls out the first 787 Dreamliner. In front of 15,000 people gathered at Boeing’s Everett factory, with thousands more watching around the world, the company rolled out its new widebody jet in an extravagant ceremony.

Oct. 2009: Boeing stuns Washington state when it announces plans to locate a second 787 plant in North Charleston, South Carolina. It becomes the only Boeing location outside Washington where the company builds finished commercial airplanes. Only 787s are assembled there.

Dec. 15, 2009: The Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes its first flight, lifting off from Paine Field in Snohomish County.

2011: Production of the 787 begins at the South Carolina plant. After production delays and setbacks, Boeing delivers the first 787 to All Nippon Airways of Japan, more than three years late.

Hundreds of Boeing employees get ready to lead the second 787 for delivery to All Nippon Airways on Sept. 26, 2011. (Michael O’Leary / Herald file)

Hundreds of Boeing employees get ready to lead the second 787 for delivery to All Nippon Airways on Sept. 26, 2011. (Michael O’Leary / Herald file)

2013: In January, the 787 is grounded for safety issues related to the plane’s battery and electrical system. The jet returns to service in April with Federal Aviation Administration approval.

Nov. 9, 2013: State lawmakers end a three-day special session by approving a lengthy extension of the 2003 tax breaks for Boeing and other aerospace firms. It is estimated the deal will save Boeing nearly $8.7 billion through 2040. Gov. Jay Inslee signs the extension, helping to land production of another new plane, the 777x in Everett.

2016: The Everett plant rolls out the 500th 787 Dreamliner.

February 2020: Boeing asks the state to roll back a preferential business-and-occupation tax rate, which the World Trade Organization targets as an illegal trade subsidy.

March 2020: Gov. Jay Inslee signs a bill rescinding the generous business-and-occupation tax break. Boeing requests the tax break be fully restored once issues with the WTO are resolved. Lawmakers and Inslee only agree to a partial restoration and add new requirements to receive the tax savings.

July 2020: Boeing says it will reduce the production rate of the 787 from 10 per month to six per month in 2021. CEO David Calhoun follows up with the announcement that the company is evaluating whether to consolidate production of the 787 in one location.

Aug. 2020: Boeing has delivered about 1,000 of the 787s and has orders for 526 more.

Sept. 2020: Federal regulators investigate possible safety issues related to the production and assembly of 787s built at the South Carolina facility, where fuselage sections for all 787s are fabricated. On Sept. 29, the Wall Street Journal reports that Boeing plans to move all production of the 787 to the company’s South Carolina plant.

Oct. 1, 2020: Boeing announces it will phase out 787 Dreamliner production in Everett and move the work to its factory in South Carolina.

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