Boeing Co. (BA), facing a federal labor complaint hearing next week over its new 787 Dreamliner assembly line, is already being pressured by politicians and unions interested in work on a subsequent generation of airliners.
While the planemaker held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today for the 787 plant in South Carolina, Washington state has begun working to secure production for Boeing’s upcoming single-aisle jet. The South Carolina plant at the center of the National Labor Relations Board complaint is the first commercial factory Boeing has built outside Seattle, where it was founded in 1916.
Washington Governor Chris Gregoire named an adviser this week to help ensure her state wins production of the successor to the 737, Boeing’s most popular model. The planemaker plans to decide on the timing of that jet this year, after the composite- plastic Dreamliner and the new 747-8 jumbo are in service.