| OLYMPIA, Wash.
OLYMPIA, Wash. Nov 20 An advertisement placed
in The Seattle Times on Wednesday by a group hoping to encourage
Washington state to keep up its fight to secure the coveted work
on the new Boeing 777 includes a notable miscue.
At the top of the full-page ad, under the all-caps text "The
Future of Washington," is pictured not a Boeing jet, but rather
an A320 from archrival Airbus.
The ad, which prominently displays the logo of the
Washington Aerospace Partnership, a coalition of business, labor
and government groups championing the industry, urges state
lawmakers to pass a large-scale roads-and-transit tax package
that Boeing executives have said would make the state a more
desirable venue for future projects.
Airbus officials confirmed the plane depicted in the ad is
an A320 but declined further comment.
A spokeswoman for the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of
Commerce, who acknowledged placing the ad on behalf of the
Aerospace Partnership in an interview with The Seattle Times,
did not return messages seeking comment.
Boeing formally launched the new 777, formerly codenamed
777X, on Sunday with 259 orders worth more than $95 billion at
list prices - the largest combined order in the company's
history. The jet is due to enter service around 2020.
Earlier this month, the company offered to site work on the
new plane in Washington state, where it has a large core of
experienced workers, in exchange for tax breaks and a contract
extension with its largest union that included significant
concessions from labor.
State lawmakers passed $8.7 billion in tax incentives for
the company extending until 2040 but members of the
International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers
District 751 last week voted down the proposed contract by a 2-1
Immediately after the vote, Boeing executives were on planes
around the country to meet with officials in states interested
in landing the work, which the ill-fated ad refers to as "the
biggest job-creating prize in the country since the 1990s."
Boeing Chairman and Chief Executive Jim McNerney told
reporters in Dubai on Monday that the company expects to make a
decision on where to build the new 777 within 3 months.
"It's too bad that they made that mistake," said David
Groves, spokesman for the Washington State Labor Council, an
Aerospace Partnership member. "Hopefully it doesn't undermine
the good work the Aerospace Partnership is trying to do."