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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.

Boeing workers represented by the International Association...

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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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March 24  |  By Dan Catchpole
The Boeing Co. is scouting locations in Atlanta for a potential research center, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday. Two people told the paper that representatives of the company and Georgia Tech have had “high-level discussions about a potential research center near campus,” the AJC reports.The paper did not print the sources’ names.

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March 24  |  By Dan Catchpole
Boeing gets 'force-field' patent The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has approved Boeing's design for a — wait for it — force field.

That's right, a force field.

It's not quite Star Wars-level technology, though. The system is designed to protect vehicles or structures from shockwaves and shrapnel from a nearby explosion, according to

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March 24  |  By Dan Catchpole
NORTH CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA — Unions are bad for your health. That was Boeing’s message to workers sitting down this week to eat in the cafeteria at the company’s North Charleston, South Carolina plant, reports the Post and Courier’s David Wren.

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March 20  |  Frederic Tomesco, Bloomberg News.
MONTREAL - A breakup may be Bombardier Inc.'s best option for gaining liftoff.



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March 19  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — Airplane makers Airbus and Boeing are reportedly leaning on seat supplier Zodiac Aerospace to resolve persistent delivery delays, according to Reuters.The French supplier has struggled for months to get its seat production back on schedule. The problems disrupted airliner production schedules late last year, including for Boeing’s 787.

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March 19  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — Problems with suppliers and software integration have contributed to the latest delays to the development schedule for the U.S. Air Force’s new aerial refueling tanker, according to a report by federal auditors.Boeing’s KC-46 was supposed to fly in January, then April, and now perhaps not until later in the summer, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James told lawmakers on Wednesday.

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March 18  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — So, first flight of the Boeing Co.’s KC-46 appears to just keep getting pushed further out. The company’s new aerial-refueling tanker isn’t expected to fly until “later on in the summer,” Air Force Secretary Deborah James told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday, according to Reuters. The news report says she “blamed the delay on testing and integration challenges with the new plane.”

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March 3  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — One of the Northwest’s largest aerospace suppliers is expanding — in South Carolina.Boeing has improved 787 production there, spurring AMT Senior Aerospace, an Arlington-based company, to open a 39,000-square-foot site in North Charleston, South Carolina, reports Puget Sound Business Journal’s Steve Wilhelm.

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March 3  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — Boeing has picked up an order for three 747-8 freighters from Azerbaijan’s Silk Way West.The deal is worth more than $1.1 billion at list price, but actual sales prices are typically negotiated down. With weak demand for really big airplanes, such as the 747 and Airbus’ A380, Boeing is almost certainly under pressure to offer significant discounts. Many industry observers expect the 747 line to close later this decade after Boeing delivers Air Force One replacements.

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February 27  |  By Dan Catchpole Herald Writer
EVERETT — Boeing says it has notified 319 employees in Washington they will be laid off as of April 24.The company gave affected workers 60-day notices Feb. 20, said Jill Godschall, a spokeswoman for the airplane maker.Most of the workers — slightly more than 200 — are in Boeing’s Engineering Operations & Technology group. The rest are in Boeing’s commercial airplanes and defense divisions, she said.

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February 24  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — There’s another potential single-aisle airplane production rate increase on the horizon.Reuters is reporting that Boeing’s rival, Airbus Group NV, is talking to suppliers about stepping up production of its A320 family of aircraft to 50 airplanes a month as soon as 2017.

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February 19  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — It’s in the air.The 11th 787 Dreamliner built by Boeing is in the air in a pre-delivery test flight. The plane’s customer is Korean Air, which will use it as a private business jet, according to FlightRadar24 and the blog All Things 787.

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February 18  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — Boeing CEO Jim McNerney says the company can keep cash flowing to shareholders while also investing in the aerospace giant’s future.“I see that as very doable,” he said Wednesday morning at the Barclays Select Industrial Conference in Miami.

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