Boeing Eyes Long Beach C-17 Plant For 777x Airliner Production


(Photo credit: Wikipedia) Only weeks after announcing that itexpects to complete production of the highly-regarded C-17 airlifter at Long Beach, California in 2015, the Boeing Boeing Company is eyeing a new role for the 5,000 workers at the site: assembly of its planned 777X widebody airliner. Boeing says the 777X will be the largest and most-efficient twin engine jet in the world, offering 20% better fuel efficiency than the existing 777 as it flies 350-400 passengers to ranges of over 9,000 nautical miles.In combinationwith the new 787 Dreamliner, 777X is expected to dominate the high end of the commercial transport market after it debuts around 2020. (Disclosure: Boeing and other big aerospace companies contribute to my think tank.) The feasibility of using the Long Beachworkforce arises from the fact that it already has deep experience inbuilding large airframes that incorporate lightweight, high-strength composite materials, and the site will become available just as engineering and production of 777X begins ramping up in the second half of the decade. Boeing has already disclosed that a significant portion of the engineering for the 777X will be performed at Long Beach. The company is farming out engineering work on the plane to other sites away from its commercial-transport hub in Puget Sound due to rising costs there. Some aerospace skills are now less expensive to secure in Southern California than Puget Sound. Reuters reported earlier today that the company has initiated discussions with the International Association of Machinists (IAM) to determine whether the 777X can be built at an acceptable cost in the companys Everett, Washington plant. The company is determined to exercise tight control over the cost of developing and producing the plane, because it believes that in combination, the 787 and 777X can take market share from lower-performance Airbus products as long as the Boeing offerings are affordable. Boeing has traditionally followed a strategy of developing disruptive technologies that transform the nature of air travel, while Airbus has offered more prosaic airframes keyed to concessionary pricing. The current IAM contract at the Puget Sound location expires in 2016, the year after C-17 production ceases at Long Beach. The company has begun early discussions for a follow-on agreement because the terms the union is willing to offer will determine whether the 777X and its revolutionary composite wing are builtin the Puget Sound regionor elsewhere. Boeing recently opened a second production facility for the 787 in South Carolina that could potentially offer an alternative to Puget Sound or Long Beach for 777X assembly (the company has been buying land adjacent to the South Carolina plant). Other sites said to be under consideration for 777X production include Texas and Utah.
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Sender of LAX-Newport Beach Marketing Tweet Fired

November 5, 2013 (AP) The public relations director of a marketing nonprofit has been fired for a tweet he sent urging tourists to avoid the chaos caused by a gunman at Los Angeles International Airport and instead visit Newport Beach. The Orange County Register reports ( ) Jeff Soto, who had worked at Visit Newport Beach for six months, was terminated Monday. Soto sent the tweet to nearly 13,000 followers about three hours after a shooter opened fire Friday at LAX, killing a Transportation Security Administration officer.
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