Boeing shifts aircraft engineering operations

May 31, 2013 | 06:36 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  Boeing, BCA, 737, aerospace, commercial aircraft, engineering, South Carolina, Puget Sound McDonnell Douglas

LOS ANGELES — Boeing Co. is realigning its commercial aircraft engineering operations, which some outsiders say could heighten competition between its legacy Pacific Northwest operations and its newer South Carolina plants.

The Chicago-based aerospace giant said its Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) subsidiary is establishing separate engineering design centers in Washington’s Puget Sound area, South Carolina and Southern California.

Most Boeing airliners are currently assembled in the Puget Sound region, while the role of Boeing’s North Charleston, S.C., operations is expected to increase in the years ahead. McDonnell Douglas Corp., which Boeing acquired in 1997, is in southern California. ....

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