Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief executive Ray Conner at a media roundtable on the eve of the Paris Air Show
The 787-10, the next and largest model of Boeing’s Dreamliner jet family that is likely to launched at the Paris Air Show this week, may be assembled exclusively in South Carolina.
Boeing faces a key decision on how to manufacture the 787-10, one that will determine whether a big section of the jet can be transported to Everett.
And though Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief Ray Conner is expected to formally launch the plane as early as Monday, he said Sunday the company is still weighing what to do on that decision, leaving doubt as to whether Everett will get to build the jet.
Speaking to reporters in Paris on the eve of the Air Show, Conner was asked if Boeing will be able to fly the large mid-fuselage section of the 787-10, which is built in South Carolina, to Everett.
“We’re still looking at that,” Conner responded. “We haven’t made the determination on that yet.”
If the mid-section is too big to fit inside the Dreamlifter, the purpose-built modified 747 used to fly it to Everett, then the 787-10 will have to assembled exclusively in South Carolina.
It’s an issue that has been worrying political officials in Washington state, including Alex Pietsch, head of Gov. Jay Inslee’s aerospace office.
“We’ve been very curious as to whether assembly of (the 787-10) might take place exclusively in Charleston,” said Pietsch, just ahead of a reception in Paris hosted by Washington state. “We’re hopeful it can be built in Everett along with the 787-8 and 787-9. But we recognize, we may not get all of it.”