Boeing CEO: 3 months for 777x location decision

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 18 at 7:40 PM

Boeing Company Chairman and CEO Jim McNerney said the company will decide where to build its new wide bodied 777X airplane within three months.

“We have a number of alternatives,” McNerney told Bloomberg News Monday at the Dubai Airshow.

Members of the International Association of Machinists District 751 voted overwhelmingly last week to reject a new contract which would have guaranteed 777X production in the Puget Sound.

Executives say the site of the next 777X production line must be efficient for on-time delivery and be price competitive.

Boeing International President Shephard W. Hill says the focus is on several sites in the U.S. specifically.

Boeing kicked off the Dubai Airshow Sunday by announcing 259 orders for its new 777X, totaling over $95 billion at list prices. McNerney calls it the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history.

The Dubai Airshow wraps up Thursday.

KING 5 Aviation Specialist Glenn Farley will travel to four U.S. cities this week that may bid for the 777X -- Long Beach, Calif.; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Antonio, Texas; and Huntsville, Ala. His reports begin Tuesday on KING 5 News, KING5.com and the KING 5 App. You can also follow him on Twitter @Glenn Farley.

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