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Originally published March 10, 2011 at 5:49 PM | Page modified March 10, 2011 at 10:07 PM

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Boeing outsources painting of Dreamliners built in S.C.

Boeing said Thursday that it has outsourced the painting of the Dreamliners that will be built in South Carolina to a Texas firm.

Boeing said Thursday that it has outsourced the painting of the Dreamliners that will be built in South Carolina to a Texas firm.

Leading Edge Aviation Services will perform the work at its Amarillo, Texas, facility where it specializes in commercial and military aircraft painting.

When a Dreamliner completes final assembly at the North Charleston site, the jet will fly the 1,250 miles to Amarillo for painting and afterward fly back to South Carolina for final delivery to the customer.

"Capacity to paint large commercial airplanes didn't currently exist geographically close by," said Marco Cavazzoni, who heads Boeing's South Carolina final assembly and delivery facility. "Leading Edge brought immediate capability and is located within a manageable flying distance."

Production at the new North Charleston final assembly plant is set to begin mid-2011, with first delivery of a South Carolina-built Dreamliner scheduled for 2012.

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