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Boeing on Monday morning announced internally that it would open a fourth 737 Max assembly line at its Everett, Washington plant. 

The new line is expected to open in the second half of 2024, according to a message from Boeing Commercial Airplane CEO Stan Deal reviewed by The Air Current and sent to Boeing employees. The new line will occupy a factory bay that was previously home to the 787 Dreamliner.

The decision to add 737 Max production capacity to Everett is the biggest industrial expansion the company has undertaken in Puget Sound since 2014 when it decided to build the composite wings for the 777X in Everett following a multi-state competition and brutal contract renegotiation with its unionized machinists.

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Jon Ostrower is Editor-in-chief of The Air Current. Prior to launching TAC in June 2018, Ostrower served as Aviation Editor for CNN Worldwide, guiding the network's global coverage of the business and operations of flying. Ostrower joined CNN in 2016 following four and half years at the Wall Street Journal. Based first in Chicago and then in Washington, D.C. he covered Boeing, aviation safety and the business of global aerospace. Before that, Ostrower was editor of the award-winning FlightBlogger for Flightglobal and Flight International Magazine covering the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and other new aircraft programs from 2007 to 2012. Ostrower, a Boston native, graduated from The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs with a bachelor's degree in Political Communication. He is based in Seattle.

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