Boeing’s Everett Footprint: With the news that Boeing will build 1.5m sf of space for a new 777X Final Assembly Line and wing production facility if the IAM 751 members ratify the new contract and Washington State ponies up on incentives, the obvious question is: what happens with the current Everett plant?
It had been assumed the 777X would be built in the current facility, integrating with and ultimately replacing the current 777 line; or starting off in the space now occupied by the 747-8, which is struggling to stay alive and which many–ourselves included–believe will die off with the advent of the 777-9.
Let’s consider this latest twist.
Over to Readers for your thoughts.
Meanwhile, The Puget Sound Business Journal has this long story on the expected use of robots in building the 777X.
SkyWest and MRJ: SkyWest Airlines of the USA, which has an order for 100 Mitsubishi MRJs, is getting impatient with the delays and could cancel its order, reports Flight Global. The carrier is one of only three customers for the MRJ90: TransStates Airlines and ANA are the others.
If SkyWest were to cancel, Embraer could have a good shot at picking up the orders. It has open production slots between now and 2017, when the delayed MRJ is now supposed to enter service, and 2018–when SkyWest is thought to be slated for its first MRJ under the delayed schedule–is also when Embraer’s new E-190 E2 is to enter service.
Bombardier could become a contestant again for its CRJ900, but terms demanded by SkyWest for the last round of competition (ultimately won by Embraer) were terms BBD didn’t want to meet.
This is one of those “stay tuned” moments.
Charleston ‘Not in the mix:’ The Charleston Post and Courier quotes a local official that Charleston wasn’t “in the mix” for the 777X site location. Nobody there had been contact by Boeing for incentives, the official is quoted as saying.
We might add the word, “yet.” There was a lot of buzz Charleston would be selected and The Wall Street Journal publicly reported it was under consideration.
We have no doubt that Charleston would have been contacted at some point. It could still be if the IAM 751 members reject the contract or Washington doesn’t step up and approve its package.