In March 2011, the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to undergo part of its manufacturing process arrived at Port San Antonio.
Boeing's plan is for six Dreamliners to complete change incorporation and refurbishment in San Antonio. However, the plan is flexible and could accommodate additional 787 production needs as flight tests are completed and airplanes are prepared for delivery. The work will be performed from 2011 through 2013.
Port San Antonio has worked closely with Boeing in recent years to conduct upgrades of the company's hangar to accommodate work on the Dreamliner. The Port also provided a $200,000 grant to St. Philip's College for the development of specialized training for Boeing employees that will be working on the new airplane.
Dreamliner work done in San Antonio will include installing electronic and mechanical equipment, upgrading software, testing functional systems, and updating wiring or equipment. Approximately 450 employees will be hired on a temporary basis to join with 1,700 experienced workers at the site.
To support future expansion of the aerospace industry in the region, the City of San Antonio is extending 36th Street into the heart of the Port. The project will enable the development of 150 acres alongside Kelly Field (SKF) at Port San Antonio with new air-served facilities for aerospace and air logistics businesses to grow. Once fully developed, the site will support and estimated 8,000 jobs and add $1.3 billion to local economic activity each year.