"All that's left now is for the U.S. and Indian governments to sign a letter of offer and acceptance," said Jerry Drelling, Boeing's media relations manager for the C-17 program.
That was expected in the next few days.
is a flying warehouse that made its debut 20 years ago.
It quickly became a war and disaster workhorse.
It is built at the only airplane factory left in California.
said the order "helps us keep the line alive and supports jobs."
is the largest employer in Long Beach, 25 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, but the impact of the C-17
extends beyond the Southern California city.
The plane has an estimated $5.8 billion annual economic impact and the jobs of about 25,000 workers in 44 states depend on it, Drelling
Before the deal with India, the last of the plant's current orders would have been delivered in December 2012, he
Because it is a foreign military sale, negotiations are conducted between the two governments and Boeing
is not involved, Drelling
Anticipation grew when President Obama announced a preliminary agreement when he
visited India in November.
"Now we're sort of at the final gate on the whole process," Drelling
said about 3,700 salaried and hourly workers are left, but layoffs are still taking place.
We know other customers are interested, but they need time," Drelling
For example, he
said, Qatar has an option for two more and Kuwait is in the process of completing an order.
Countries are modernizing, he