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Wed Jun 13, 2018, 01:45 PM

Port of Moses Lake considers a bid for Boeing's next jetliner

MOSES LAKE — As Boeing considers a replacement for the out-of-production 757 jetliner, the Port of Moses Lake is considering a bid to be the place where Boeing builds its new jet, the New Midsize Airplane (NMA).

According to Port Executive Director Jeffrey Bishop, the port has the ability to create a complete proposal in-house to build the aircraft here. The Port has long contemplated a facility to build small or medium-sized passenger jets.

“No one is certain what Boeing will be looking for in the NMA,” Bishop told port commissioners Monday morning.

Bishop said competing to get that contract would be something of a long shot.

“It’s always difficult to compete with fully depreciated assets,” Bishop said.

However, Boeing already tests and certifies aircraft at the Grant County International Airport, and there is plenty of space to build a new facility.

“Boeing knows where we are,” Bishop said.


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