Boeing memo says some 777X work coming to S.C.

Boeing engineering teams will carry out 777X design work in Charleston, Huntsville, Ala., Long Beach, Calif., Philadelphia and St. Louis, according to an internal memo written by Mike Delaney, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ engineering vice president, and Scott Fancher, airplane development vice president and general manager. (Photo/Boeing Co.)Boeing engineering teams will carry out 777X design work in Charleston, Huntsville, Ala., Long Beach, Calif., Philadelphia and St. Louis, according to an internal memo written by Mike Delaney, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ engineering vice president, and Scott Fancher, airplane development vice president and general manager. (Photo/Boeing Co.)

By Liz Segrist
lsegrist@scbiznews.com  
Published Oct. 30, 2013

An internal memo emailed to Boeing employees this morning reveals that some of the detailed design work for the 777X program will be carried out in North Charleston.

The Charleston Regional Business Journal received a copy of the memo today that said Boeing plans to spread its 777X detailed design work nationwide, as first reported by the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Boeing engineering teams will carry out the work in Charleston, Huntsville, Ala., Long Beach, Calif., Philadelphia and St. Louis, according to the memo written by Mike Delaney, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ engineering vice president, and Scott Fancher, airplane development vice president and general manager.

“This is the right step to take to add Boeing capability and capacity in engineering as the company scales up to meet unprecedented demand for commercial airplanes and services during the next 20 years,” Boeing South Carolina Communications Manager Rob Gross said in an emailed statement.

The Boeing Design Center in Moscow also will support the design activity. However, at this time, no decisions have been made about 777X design or build in Puget Sound, Wash., the memo said.

“Our goal is to leverage skills from across the Boeing enterprise. A program of this size requires that we bring together all of the talent that Boeing has to offer,” the memo said. “In addition, we are leveraging lessons learned on 787 and 747-8 to ensure continuity across the 777X program to accomplish the key design work. The announced structure will allow for an efficient use of resources and enable Boeing to resolve design issues effectively the first time.”

“As you know, Commercial Airplanes recently established multiple engineering design centers as part of a long-term strategic vision that will enable and support Boeing’s overarching growth and competitive strategy,” the memo said. “Commercial Airplanes will utilize these engineering design centers, as well as engineers from other Boeing sites, to design the 777X.”

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119.

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