7E7 gets green light

Boeing is to officially offer the 7E7 Dreamliner for sale, after the company’s board of directors gave the project the green light. The company can now make proposals and it expects firm commitments and a production go-ahead in 2004.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  December 17, 2003

Boeing is to officially offer the 7E7 Dreamliner for sale, after the company’s board of directors gave the project the green light. The company can now make proposals to airlines and it expects firm commitments and a production go-ahead in 2004.

"The board's decision validates the 7E7's compelling business case and the tremendous customer interest in this airplane," says Boeing’s president & CEO, Harry Stonecipher. "The 7E7 is a game changer and we're anxious to begin offering it to our airline customers."

"This is a great way to start the second century of powered flight. It demonstrates our commitment to our customers, our employees and our industry, and it will ensure that Boeing continues its leadership in commercial aviation," adds Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ (BCA) president & CEO, Alan Mulally.

Everett in Washington state has been selected as the final assembly location for the 7E7, following a six-month evaluation of proposals from sites across the United States. "We are excited to continue our partnership with the state of Washington and the city of Everett on the 7E7," says Mike Bair, senior vice-president, 7E7, BCA.

"Many states submitted extremely competitive proposals and many factors weighed into the decision. But it's clear that the best overall solution for Boeing and the 7E7 is to place final assembly in Everett."

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