Hundreds of Boeing workers gathered in Everett to celebrate the win of a $35 billion tanker contract against Airbus.
State representatives were on hand excited about the jobs coming to the state. It's estimated about 10,000 jobs will be created by Boeing's tanker contact. This includes jobs outside of Boeing that will help workers.
Representative Jay Inslee said to the crowd, "The American flag will be on the tail of every K-46 tanker."
Officials don't believe Airbus will protest the decision.
Inslee said he believes generations will benefit from this.
The U.S. Air Force made the announcement Thursday afternoon.
"Boeing was a clear winner," said U.S. Air Force officials.
Boeing estimates it could create about 50,000 jobs in the United States. The contract is to build over 179 aerial refueling planes by 2017.
The announcement was met with cheers and excitement from lawmakers. "This is the most exciting economic news in a long time" Senator Maria Cantwell said.
Senator Patty Murray has been working hard to get the tanker contract to Boeing. She says, "At a time when our economy is hurting and good-paying aerospace jobs are critical to our recovery, this decision is great news for the skilled workers of Everett and the thousands of suppliers across the country who will help build this critical tanker for our Air Force."
Murray said the victory was even better than winning an election. "Standing here today, knowing that families will have jobs, it was worth every ounce of blood sweat and tears," the relieved Senator said.
WA Governor Christine Gregoire says, "What a great day for The Boeing Company, and for the 11,000 aerospace workers in Washington state alone that will play a role in assembling the NewGen tanker."