Inslee: Boeing’s 787 troubles are ‘surmountable’

Gov. Jay Inslee today said he’s confident the Boeing Co. can quickly solve safety concerns about the Dreamliner’s lithium-ion batteries which prompted federal regulators to ground the company’s newest passenger plane.

“This is a surmountable problem,” Inslee said at a news conference. “We all are excited about this amazing product and we all are obviously concerned and want to make sure we move forward to do the right thing on this product.”

Inslee said he spoke with Boeing representatives this morning who told him the company is “working day and night” on answering questions about the safety of the technology.

Also today, Jeff Johnson, president of the Washington State Labor Council, said he’s “optimistic” Boeing “can get a handle on it in the next couple weeks.”

Johnson, who is also a leader of the Washington Aerospace Partnership, said machinists he’s spoken with describe the problem as a “glitch” that can be dealt with.

More in Herald Business Journal

Exec director of Future of Flight in Mukilteo stepping down

A former board president will temporarily lead Snohomish County’s most popular tourism attraction.

Seafood producer Keyport moves corporate HQ to Edmonds

The family business sees the city as business friendly — and able to accommodate expansion.

Ex-Boeing executive Ray Conner joins Alaska Air board

Alaska Air Group said his appointment affirms the company’s commitment to its Northwest roots.

Peoples, HomeStreet banks bump lowest salaries after tax cut

The banks with Snohomish County branches will raise minimum salaries for employees to $15 an hour.

Amazon opens store with no cashiers, lines or registers

The Seattle store allows shoppers to use a smartphone app to pay for items they want.

Trump hits solar panels, washing machines with tariffs

The administration cast the decisions as part of his pledge to put American companies and jobs first.

Electroimpact cuts Mukilteo staff by 9 percent

“What we’re missing now is a monster anchor project,” the company’s VP said.

Exotic animals find compassionate care in Bothell (video)

At the Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine, vets treat snakes, hedgehogs and even kangaroos.

Most Read