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Design work on Boeing's 777X jet to be done outside Seattle

Company says aircraft will be designed in South Carolina, Alabama, California, Pennsylvania and Missouri.
Posted By Evan Bleier   |   Oct. 31, 2013 at 7:41 AM   |   Comments

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(UPI) -- Boeing will assign design work for its new 777X wide-body jet to five engineering centers in South Carolina, Alabama, California, Pennsylvania and Missouri.

It’s unclear whether its usually busy Seattle, Wash., facility will handle any of the design. The company’s Seattle branch typically handles engineering and production.

Design work on the twin-engine 777X will also be supported by a facility in Moscow.

“Our goal is to leverage skills from across the Boeing enterprise,” read a memo sent to employees. “We are leveraging lessons learned on 787 and 747-8 to ensure continuity across the 777X program to accomplish the key design work.”

Delays were a big problem for the 787 Dreamliner and the latest 747, and the company seems to think that moving work to other facilities will help prevent that problem for the 777X.

“The announced structure will allow for an efficient use of resources and enable Boeing to resolve design issues effectively the first time,” the memo said.

The 777X may get $87 billion worth of orders when it debuts at the Dubai Airshow next month.

According to Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace executive director Ray Goforth, Seattle engineers will still play a big role in designing the 777X.

“Puget Sound is Boeing’s center of experience in commercial aircraft design,” Goforth said in a statement. “As engineering tasks are shared with other talented engineering groups, we fully expect Puget Sound to play the key integrating role needed to avoid a replication of the problems experienced ay by the 787 program.”

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