Boeing Bypasses Blytheville

December 17, 2003 - Posted at 7:58 a.m. CDT

SEATTLE, WA - Arkansas won't host a plant to build Boeing's newest airliner.

The Washington-based company announced yesterday that it will build the 7E7 Dreamliner in Everett, Washington.  Arkansas was among several states that courted the project and its 1,200 jobs.  Specifically, the Arkansas Aeroplex at Blytheville was among the Arkansas sites being touted for the project.

Boeing will also begin soliciting orders for the jets.

The 7E7 is proposed as a super fuel-efficient jet made mostly of light composite materials that would use 20 percent less fuel than other airplanes.  Crowds of thousands of Boeing workers filled a downtown convention center for the announcement.

The midsize, 200-plus passenger jet can't be formally launched until mid-2004, or even enter the market before 2008.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)