DALLAS — Boeing won't say so officially, but there is a strong indication from other sources in North Texas and Seattle that the company's decision about where to relocate its corporate headquarers could come as soon as this week.
When Boeing executives visited North Texas last month, they predicted their choice would be revealed by mid-to-late May, but other factors may force them to move up that announcement.
Various sources in Texas and in Seattle tell News 8 there is a higher probability that Boeing will make its big announcement Thursday or Friday of this week.
It's a decision eagerly awaited by officials in North Texas, in Denver and Chicago -- the three areas Boeing identified as finalists.
"We're as anxious for their decision as everyone else," said Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk as he went about the business of dedicating the new University of North Texas at Dallas campus.
Should Boeing decide on a Texas location, it has already narrowed the interim sites to two buildings in Irving and two in downtown Dallas.
Real estate sources say Boeing's broker -- Cushman realty -- is encouraging the company to make its selection by Thursday. Other sources say Boeing wants to refrain from an announcement near the May 16 execution of Oklahoma City bomber Tim McVeigh, which will dominate news coverage.
Boeing urgently requested more North Texas economic incentive data by last Friday, indicating to some that a decision is imminent.
When that announcement comes, the plan to reveal Boeing's choice reads like a spy novel, according to one source.
Boeing chairman Phil Condit will call the governors of Texas, Illinois and Colorado and tell them a decision is coming. Condit will then board his Boeing jet. The pilot will have filed a flight plan to each state.
Only after the plane is airborne will Condit phone the winning state's governor, telling him he's on the way for the big announcement.
Another reason for Boeing's speed is an ambitious moving plan, which calls for operations to begin at its new headquarters by September.
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