Oct 13 Boeing Co said on Thursday it
opened its first commercial airplane plant in St. Louis that is
expected to add about 700 jobs by early 2020, when the company
is scheduled to start deliveries of the 777X.
The world's biggest airplane maker said it had committed
more than $300 million to build the 424,000-square-foot plant,
which will initially make composite parts for the 777X, the
company's newest jetliner. (bit.ly/2e0KoeP)
Production of 777X wing edge and tail parts is expected to
begin at the plant in early 2017, the company said.
Boeing opened a $1 billion factory in Washington state in
May that will make carbon-composite wings for the 777X. (reut.rs/2e0XpVF)
The future of some of Boeing's facilities in St. Louis,
where the company currently has about 15,000 employees, had been
in question due to slowing fighter jet sales.
Boeing had 306 orders for the 777X through September. The
777X replaces the highly successful 777, introduced in 1995.
Boeing plans two versions of the 777X, the -8 with about 350
seats and a range of 9,300 nautical miles, and the -9 with about
400 seats and a range of 8,200 nautical miles.
(Reporting by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj