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The push to secure the future Boeing “797” is on

EVERETT — The county is looking eagerly to secure the Boeing
Co.’s future midsized jet, which could be developed to take over a market area void where the 757 left off.
Boeing hasn’t formally greenlit the plane, which is colloquially being called the 797, but if it does it would start work in 2019 and deliver it to airlines by 2025, according to a company timetable.
County Executive Dave Somers has convened a task force to streamline making sure everything is in place to
entice Boeing to build it here. The task force’s workload includes strengthening the aerospace supplier base in the county.
“We face fierce global competition and need to maintain our position as the aerospace leader of the world,” Somers said Thursday, Dec. 14. “For continued success, we must aggressively work to retain and grow jobs. We cannot afford the risk of losing any business when it comes to our aerospace cluster.”
The new midsized airplane would use a composite wing, the same materials built at Paine Field for the Boeing 777X.
The task force will begin meeting in January; it includes leaders from community colleges, aerospace unions, and leadership from Everett and the county.
The 757 was built in Renton while Boeing’s contemporary widebody jet 767 is still being built in Everett. Both debuted in the 1980s.
The county employs almost half of the state’s aerospace workforce, and houses numerous suppliers.


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