Washington state is courting EADS-owned Airbus as tensions rise over The Boeing Company's (NYSE:BA) apparent determination to abandon the state amid labor difficulties and build aircraft out of state, according to a Thursday report. 

Washington state officials have been traveling to Airbus’ U.S. headquarters in Virginia over the past couple of months in order to connect in-state aircraft suppliers and Airbus, according to an Associated Press report citing documents the news agency obtained.

Additionally, the report said the state officials signed a five-year confidentiality agreement to allow Airbus to explore further opportunities in the state.

One expert cited in the report said it was a dangerous move that could jeopardize the state's relationship with Boeing and may be related to the company's decision to move its headquarters to Chicago and open a 787 plant in South Carolina.