Dec
13

Boeing’s Wish List for 777X Asks for ‘No Cost’ Site

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Boeing says factories for its planned 777X will require total investment of up to $10 billion, but states competing for the work are asked to shrink that tab by providing the site and facilities at “no cost, or very low cost.”

In confidential documents sent to the 15 states vying for the project, Boeing estimates it will produce 8,500 direct jobs.

The formal Request for Proposal, dated Nov. 22 and marked “Boeing proprietary,” was obtained by The Seattle Times. It describes three scenarios for which each location can make its pitch. One is for all of the work: a single, 400-acre site that both fabricates the giant composite wing of the 777X, then assembles, paints and delivers the airplane.

The second and third scenarios separate the wing fabrication and final assembly of the jet at different locations. States from California to Alabama have scrambled to offer Boeing what they can before the company’s deadline next Tuesday.

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