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India wants to purchase 10 Boeing C-17s

Outside Boeing's C-17 plant in Long Beach
Outside Boeing's C-17 plant in Long Beach
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Workers at the Boeing C-17 plant in Long Beach got some good news Monday. India wants to buy 10 of the massive cargo jets.

The Indian and U.S. governments still have to sign off on the deal, but that could happen by the end of the week. Without the order, Boeing’s Long Beach assembly line would deliver its last C-17 by the end of next year – and about 4,000 highly-skilled workers would have to look for a new jobs.

But an order of 10 C-17s would keep the plant cranking for another three years. That could buy Boeing more time to land more C-17 orders from other foreign countries.

The aerospace company is already doing that. It’s reducing its C-17 production rate from 15 jets a year to 10, and laying off some workers.

But 10 more planes to build is welcome news for the largest employer in Long Beach – and at companies in 44 states that make parts for the Boeing C-17.