Boeing CEO pays state compliment

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney credits South Carolina's elected officials and education system for his "ahead of schedule" local Dreamliner complex and called hiccups at that plant "growing pains" typical of a new airplane with a new engine.

Speaking at a business forum Monday in Charleston, McNerney hinted that further expansion of Boeing's North Charleston operations is likely as long as that government support and the maturation of the 6,000-member workforce here continue.

"And so I think growth will come here as Boeing grows, because this is the growth engine of the Boeing Co. This is the flagship of our wide-body airplane business," McNerney told The (Charleston) Post and Courier.

As for the first S.C.-built 787 whose delivery to Air India has been serially postponed, most recently last week, McNerney said "all the folks in Charleston have done their job," and now it's "just a matter of India getting some regulatory and financing things straightened out."