Boeing invades South Carolina

So much for Airbus being the new aerospace darling of the Deep South, which is courtesy of the future, US Air Force-sponsored, A330-200 assembly facility in Mobile.

As of this morning, Boeing is the proud joint-owner of a major aircraft assembly center in Charleston, South Carolina. Boeing bought out Vought’s share in Global Aeronautica, a 50-50 joint venture with Italy’s Alenia.

The Charleston plant assembles aft fuselage sections for the 787 and ships the structures to Boeing’s huge assembly center in Everett, Washington.

Boeing now has a manufacturing presence in the deep south to rival that of Airbus. I have to think that somehow this fact will play in a role in the unfolding tanker war between Boeing and the USAF over the award of a $35 billion tanker contract to Northrop Grumman and Airbus-affiliate EADS North America.

Northrop: it’s your move.


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One Response to Boeing invades South Carolina

  1. John Price 31 March, 2008 at 10:49 am #

    Well, the move may put a Boeing sticker on a site, but as they were already putting work there, it doesn’t really even add up to a PR “victory”, does it?
    Could even add to the doubts of the US govt’s authorities about “successful performance”, couldn’t it, if that’s a factor in the GAO’s examination of the Boeing protest over losing to N-G/EADS …
    JOhn Price

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