Boeing Could Reveal Plans for 7E7 Plant Today

December 16, 2003 - Posted at 7:50 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO, IL - An announcement could come today regarding Boeing's plans for the new 7E7 jet.

The board gathered yesterday to meet for a second day in Chicago.

All signs continue to point to a go-ahead to offer the planned new fuel-efficient aircraft for sale, and to selection of Everett, Washington, as the assembly site.  Blytheville's Arkansas Aeroplex (the former Eaker Air Force Base) was one of several Arkansas sites reportedly being considered by Boeing for the facility.

Boeing spokesmen say if there's positive news from the board meeting, company executives will make the first announcement at a special gathering of employees today in Seattle.

Boeing has not approved an all-new airplane program since the 777 in 1990.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)