Boeing 777x, Boeing Co has decided to place a significant amount of design work for its new 777X jetliner in a handful of cities around the U.S. and overseas, moving work outside the Seattle area where the current 777 was designed and is being built.
“It has been decided that much of the detailed design will be carried out by Boeing engineering teams in Charleston (South Carolina), Huntsville (Alabama), Long Beach (California), Philadelphia and St. Louis,” Boeing told employees on Wednesday in an internal memo obtained by Reuters and confirmed by Boeing on Wednesday. The Boeing Design Center in Moscow will also perform some of the work.
“However, at this time, no decisions have been made about 777X design or build in Puget Sound,” the memo said.
Washington state Governor Jay Inslee called Boeing’s decision “disappointing” and vowed to “compete boldly and aggressively to win this work.”