** FILE ** In this Feb. 19, 2008 file photo from Singapore, a model of a Boeing 737 is seen at the Boeing booth at the exhibition hall of the Singapore Air Show. Boeing Co., the world's second biggest commercial airplane manufacturer, on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 said that it earned a better-than-expected $1.2 billion in the first quarter, a 38 percent increase from a year ago as its backlog of orders grew to a new record high. (AP Photo/Maye-E Wong, file)
Jarrod Bartlett made the statement Thursday after the issue came up in Boeing's contract talks with the union representing 700 engineers at the Wichita plant.
The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace has asked Boeing for information on any effort to sell or divest itself of the Wichita plant.
Speculation arose this week when the head of EADS - parent company of Europe's Airbus - told reporters his company had canceled a major U.S. acquisition at the last minute. The EADS executive, Louis Gallois, declined to name the U.S. company.
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