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May 29  |  By Dan Catchpole
Boeing’s KC-46 program resumes flight tests Boeing's new aerial refueling tanker program is back in the air.

The program's first test plane, EMD1, flew for 4.5 hours Thursday out of Boeing Field International in Seattle.

Prior to that, the airplane had flown only once — on Dec. 28.

After today's flight, Boeing plans to attach a refueling boom to EMD1 to do...

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May 20  |  By Dan Catchpole
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is taking another run at organizing Boeing workers in South Carolina, reports the Puget Sound Business Journal.This time, though, organizers will have an easier time directly contacting the roughly 3,200 eligible workers, thanks to information Boeing had to hand over in April.

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May 18  |  By Dan Catchpole
The head of Boeing Business Jets said Monday that demand from world leaders, militaries and private VIPs with big wallets could keep demand alive for the company’s 747-8 and 737 Next Generation, reports Steven Trimble of Flight Global.

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May 15  |  By Jim Davis
Yeah, you'd probably go through a boot camp for a trip to Paris, too.

The Washington State Department of Commerce hosted a "boot camp" this week in Seattle to prepare the 47 members of this year's state delegation for the International Paris Air Show Show opening next month in Le Bourget, France.



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May 14  |  By Dan Catchpole
Bombardier confirmed to the Associated Press that it is cutting more than 1,750 employees in Canada and Northern Ireland over the coming months due to weak demand for some of its business jets.The company The transportation giant is cutting about 1,000 jobs in Montreal, its primary location, while 480 are in Toronto and 280 in Belfast, the AP reports.Bombardier also says it is slowing production of its Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft, the largest of its business jets.

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May 13  |  By Dan Catchpole
Boeing says its military aerial refueling tanker, the KC-46 is on track to fly this summer, reports the Puget Sound Business Journal.Talking to investors on Tuesday, Boeing Defense and Space president and CEO Chris Chadwick said, “We have to stay diligent and keep pushing this forward as we go.”

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May 4  |  By Dan Catchpole
Boeing has finalized an order for three 777-300ERs with the Lufthansa Group and Swiss International Air Lines.At list price, the deal is valued at $990 million. However, the actual sales price is often negotiated down. Boeing faces pricing pressure as it tries to get enough 777 orders to keep the airplane’s final assembly line in Everett busy until after its successor, the 777X enters into service in 2020.

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May 1  |  By Dan Catchpole
The Federal Aviation Administration says a software problem with Boeing 787 Dreamliners could lead to one of the advanced jetliners losing electrical power in flight, which could lead to loss of control.The FAA notified operators of the airplane Friday that if a 787 is powered continuously for 248 days, the plane will automatically shut down its alternating current (AC) electrical power. The trigger is written into the airplane’s software.

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April 30  |  By Dan Catchpole
The Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance is hosting an aerospace and defense conference in late May at Joint Base Lewis McChord near Tacoma.The two-day symposium, which is being organized in partnership with the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition, will cover new developments and business opportunities in the industry sector.

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April 28  |  By Dan Catchpole
Call it the best of both worlds. Boeing wants to get $6 million from Oklahoma City for bringing about 900 jobs from Washington to the city, the Oklahoman reports.At the same time, Boeing will continue collecting tax breaks worth millions from Washington. Those tax incentives will be unaffected by the aerospace giants decision to move work out of state.

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April 27  |  By Dan Catchpole
Boeing, NASA and others are researching how to improve airplane fuel efficiency by cutting down on the amount of smashed bugs stuck to wings.

Research has shown that having smooth — or laminar — air flow over an airplane's surfaces can cut its fuel consumption by as much as 6 percent, according to a Boeing news release.

Even something as small as insect guts can interrupt that laminar flow and create drag.

On Monday, a Boeing research...

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April 23  |  By Dan Catchpole
Boeing plans to lay off 153 workers in metro Puget Sound by June 19, according to a federally required notice.

Most of them — 125 — are members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), according to the union.

Of those SPEEA members, 118 are in Washington: 67 in Tukwila, 28 in Renton, 20 in Everett, two in Kent and one in Bellevue. Five jobs are being cut in California and two in Utah, according to the union.

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April 21  |  By Dan Catchpole
Having the world’s most productive final-assembly plant isn’t good enough for the Boeing Co. The aerospace giant is in the process of making its Renton plant, which assembles the single-aisle 737, churn out a mind-spinning 52 aircraft a month by 2018.

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April 17  |  By Jim Davis
Boeing 787 painted as R2-D2 takes to the skies for All Nippon Forget about the new movie trailer.

The biggest "Star Wars" news this week is Boeing is going to paint an R2-D2-themed livery on a 787-9.

All Nippon Airways made the announcement on Thursday, saying its the first time a "Star Wars" character has appeared on the exterior of a commercial aircraft.

The plane is expected to start flying in a galaxy very, very close by this fall.

And this can only be the beginning.

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April 16  |  By Dan Catchpole
The jumbo jet faces a make or break year at both Airbus and Boeing, reports Reuters. “Last year, there were zero orders placed by commercial airlines for new Boeing 747s or Airbus A380s, reflecting a fundamental shift in the industry toward smaller, twin-engine planes,” writes Alwyn Scott, who covers commercial aerospace for the news agency.

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April 16  |  By Dan Catchpole
Boeing has been showing off its new, bigger overhead Space Bins for its 737 jetliners this week at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. The bins, which Boeing unveiled in July 2014, have roughly 50 percent more room for stowed luggage than the current bins on Next-Generation 737s. The bins are manufactured at Boeing’s Everett plant and shipped to its Renton plant for installation on 737s.

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April 16  |  By Dan Catchpole
Two Snohomish County companies were among 14 companies and a university to receive Boeing Supplier of the Year awards for 2014.RB Enterprises of Mukilteo received the award for the non-production category. Onamac Industries of Everett won the outside-manufacturing category.

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April 14  |  By Dan Catchpole
As an April 22 vote approaches, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is gauging support for union representation among 3,125 eligible workers at Boeing’s plant in North Charleston, South Carolina.

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April 10  |  By Dan Catchpole
The state’s Department of Labor & Industries has cited four Boeing suppliers for workplace safety violations discovered during the department’s investigation into a fatal accident at the airplane maker’s Everett plant in 2014.The citations’ penalties range from $200 to $11,000. Boeing itself was not cited.

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April 10  |  By Dan Catchpole
The Boeing Co. has bought a California company that makes image sensing and analysis equipment and software used on drones.The company, 2d3 Sensing, had been owned by OMG, which specializes in motion imagery processing for aerial platforms.2d3 Sensing’s equipment and services are used on two drones — the ScanEagle and the Integrator — made by another Boeing subsidiary, Insitu, which is based in Bingen.

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April 9  |  By Dan Catchpole
Yes, Boeing spends a lot less on an assembly worker's wages in South Carolina than one in metro Puget Sound.

Workers here earn about $10 more an hour than their counterparts do in North Charleston, S.C., according to analysis by the Charleston Post and Courier.

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April 8  |  By Dan Catchpole Herald Writer
The Boeing Co. beat its European rival, Airbus Group NV, for airplane orders and deliveries in the first quarter of 2015, according to figures from the two airplane makers.

Boeing delivered 184 airplanes, compared to Airbus' 134 deliveries. In terms of the raw numbers, Boeing accounted for 58 percent of production from January through March.

Single-aisle airplanes made up the bulk of those deliveries. Boeing delivered 121 737s, while Airbus delivered 109.

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April 8  |  By Dan Catchpole
U.S. aviation authorities say India’s aviation safety oversight system is safe again, reports the Associated Press. Wednesday’s announcement clears the way for Indian airlines to add flights to the U.S.In January 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration determined that India’s oversight didn’t meet international norms and downgraded its rating, the AP reports.

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April 3  |  By Dan Catchpole
Boeing and Airbus supplier Zodiac Aerospace is still falling behind in delivering parts, especially luxury seats.Airways News has a good wrap up of the issues driving the supply chain problem. The website notes that this is not the first time seat deliveries have been a problem. They caused delays with Boeing’s 777-300ER and Airbus’ A330.

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April 3  |  By Dan Catchpole
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President Ray Conner compared the company’s new approach to developing jetliners to Apple Inc.’s iPhone. While both iPhone’s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners use lithium batteries, that wasn’t Conner’s point.

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April 1  |  By Dan Catchpole
A new aerospace supplier, OMADA International, has purchased a Tacoma titanium former and is looking to expand its operations in the area. OMADA International announced Tuesday that it has acquired Carlson Formetec, which does specialized titanium forming for commercial and military aerospace customers. It will be renamed as OMADA International’s Formetec Division.

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March 31  |  By Dan Catchpole
Representatives from four Washington aerospace companies and the state’s Department of Commerce are in Montreal for an industry conference.The companies, including Westwood Precision of Everett, have dozens of meetings lined up with potential customers, while state officials are talking to businesses interested in work in Washington.

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March 26  |  By Dan Catchpole
The Boeing Co. has donated another early 787 Dreamliner to a museum. The 787 program’s second test plane flew Thursday morning from Palmdale, California, to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson to join the nearby Pima Air & Space Museum, which announced the donation in a news release.The airplane, known as ZA002, racked up more than 960 flight hours during more than 300 flights as part of the program’s testing and certification of the 787-8, according to the blog All Things 787.

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March 25  |  By Dan Catchpole
The Boeing Co. is not known for making unequivocal public statements. But one thing it is clear about is that it is not talking to Georgia Tech about establishing a new research center in Atlanta.On Tuesday, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article cited two unidentified sources who said that the company and the school are in talks about a new center.

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March 24  |  By Dan Catchpole
Shopfloor workers at Boeing’s South Carolina facilities will vote April 22 on whether to join the union which represents their counterparts around metro Puget Sound, reports the Charleston Post & Courier.

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