In the air and on the ground, Boeing flew through the headlines this year.
From burning batteries and grounded fleets of 787s to land deals, union votes and a shiny new jet that hasn't been built yet, Boeing weathered a public relations nightmare over its problem-riddled Dreamliner while at the same time played a chess game with several states in the high-stakes prize for the forthcoming 777X passenger jet.
In North Charleston the company promised 2,000 more jobs and another $1 billion investment by 2020. It announced a new propulsion plant and more engineering and research jobs, then tripled its footprint at Charleston International Airport, leading to speculation that the company might bring all 787 production to the Lowcountry.
WARREN L. WISE
The forward fuselage of a 787 Dreamliner waits to be attached to other sections of the plane at Boeing South Carolina Thursday. When the Dreamliner is completed it will be delivered to China Southern Airlines. (Brad Nettles/Staff) 12/19/13×
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