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April 25  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — Qatar Airways’ frustrations with the Airbus A320neo could mean new orders for Boeing 737NGs.The airline’s head Akbar al-Baker told reporters Monday that Qatar is in talks with Boeing, Reuters reported.Baker said Pratt & Whitney’s engines were not tested enough for the heat in the Persian Gulf area, where the airline is based.

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April 18  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — Oman Air has started talks with Boeing and Airbus for an order to replace its 10 A330s, the Middle East airline’s CEO Paul Gregorowitsch recently told reporters.

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April 18  |  By Dan Catchpole
An Airbus A320 on approach at London’s Heathrow Airport landed safely after colliding with what police believe was a drone, the BBC reported.The British Airways flight had 137 people on board, including five crew members.The drone appears to have hit the front of the aircraft, which was cleared for its next flight by the airline’s engineers.

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April 1  |  By Dan Catchpole
Boeing’s KC-46 aerial refueling tanker suffered another setback to its development schedule, Reuters reported Thursday.The 767-based tanker could not transfer fuel to a C-17 transport plane during a recent test, the U.S. Air Force told the news agency.

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April 1  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — Factory-floor workers taking early retirements could pose a challenge to Boeing’s plans to ramp up 737 and 787 production starting next year, says Scott Hamilton, an aerospace analyst and owner of Issaquah-based Leeham Co.

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March 31  |  By Dan Catchpole
Despite news this week that Boeing plans to cut about 4,000 jobs by mid-year, the company’s stock price could be going up, if the past is any indicator. First, a caveat: Correlation is not causation. Just because two variables trended together in the past does not mean that a change in one effects a change in the other.

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March 29  |  By Dan Catchpole
SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines is spinning its on-time performance into a new business venture. The Seattle-based air carrier announced Tuesday it has launched a wholly-owned subsidiary, McGee Air Services, to clean and handle aircraft on the ground and do other airport-based tasks known as airline services.

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March 28  |  By Dan Catchpole
In the wake of last week’s crash of a Flydubai jet, a Russian official has called for banning Boeing 737s from the country’s commercial passenger routes, according to a report in Izvestia, a Moscow-based newspaper. A member of Russia’s Civic Chamber, Artem Kiryanov, has asked the country’s Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) to ban the popular airplane.He accused Boeing of ignoring safety issues, Izvestia reported.

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March 14  |  By Dan Catchpole Herald writer
The Boeing Co.’s executive ranks are being reshuffled due to the upcoming retirement of the company’s chief technology officer. The company’s commercial airplanes division is using the corporate moves to streamline its top leadership.

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March 14  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — Aviation Technical Services (ATS) has hired Paul Dolan to oversee the company’s commercial strategy. The Everett-based company does maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) work on commercial jetliners at Paine Field and Moses Lake in Washington; Kansas City, Missouri; and Fort Worth, Texas. It is one of the country’s MRO enterprises and has expanded rapidly in recent years.

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March 10  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — A Boeing KC-46 test plane was back in the air Thursday after cutting short its flight the day before.

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March 10  |  By Dan Catchpole
Emirates Airline is close to deciding whether to go with the Boeing Co. or Airbus Group when it orders its next batch of long-range airplanes, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.The airline’s president, Tim Clark told the newspaper that the Persian Gulf carrier is considering Boeing’s 787-9 and 787-10 Dreamliners and Airbus’ A350-900.

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March 9  |  By Dan Catchpole
SEATTLE — One of Boeing’s KC-46A tanker test planes cut short a flight Wednesday afternoon. It was not an emergency. And it is not uncommon for new airplanes to return early due to a minor issue that can be quickly fixed.

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March 7  |  By Dan Catchpole
The Boeing Co. popped up again in the latest debate between Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton.“Do you know what the other name of the Export-Import Bank is, what it’s called in Washington?” Sanders said. “It’s called the Bank of Boeing, because Boeing itself gets 40 percent of the money discharged by the Export-Import Bank.”

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March 4  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — Boeing workers in Everett and other locations are weighing whether to take buyouts as the company aims to cut its labor costs while avoiding morale-sapping layoffs.

Still, some workers are wondering "when do the involuntary layoffs come?" said one Boeing mechanic, who asked that his name not...

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March 4  |  By Dan Catchpole
Could the Boeing Co. follow its European rival, Airbus Group, by finishing twin-aisle jetliners in China as the two companies compete for sales in the world’s biggest airplane market?

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March 3  |  By Dan Catchpole
Second Boeing KC-46 tanker takes flight EVERETT — The Boeing Co.'s second KC-46A aerial refueling tanker flew for the first time Thursday. The airplane flew from Paine Field in Everett to Boeing Field in Seattle.

The tanker is the program's fourth test airplane. The others are the first tanker and two planes that are a non-militarized version known as a 767-2C. Boeing plans to deliver all four to the U.S. Air Force as completed KC-46A Pegasus tankers.

"Adding a second tanker to the...

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March 3  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — Germophobes rejoice: The smarties at Boeing have developed self-cleaning bathrooms for airplanes. Boeing Co. engineers and designers have created a prototype lavatory that blasts exposed surfaces with ultraviolet (UV) light, killing as much as 99.99 percent of germs in about three seconds, the company announced Thursday.

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February 29  |  By Dan Catchpole
Here’s a shock: The future is uncertain. Oil is down now, but it likely will go back up in the next few years, leading aerospace economist Adam Pilarski said Monday at the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading conference in Phoenix. He is with Avitas, an aerospace consulting agency.

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February 29  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — You can literally watch history take flight at Paine Field this week — weather permitting. The very first Boeing 727 is scheduled to make its final flight at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, from Paine Field.

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February 26  |  By Dan Catchpole
Even as volunteers restore the very first Boeing 727 to flying condition, several dozen late-production 727s are still flying around the world. On Friday, an Asia Pacific Airlines 727 freighter landed without working landing gear at Guam’s airport. A bystander captured it on video.

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February 26  |  By Dan Catchpole
The Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin have dropped their protest of the Pentagon’s choice of Northrop Grumman to develop and build the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation stealth bomber, known as the long-range strike bomber (LRS-B).Boeing and Lockheed, which had offered a joint bid for the project, “remain firmly convinced of the validity of the issues raised in our protest,” Boeing said Friday in a statement.

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February 22  |  By Dan Catchpole
The Boeing Co. has changed course and is going ahead with developing the 737-7 MAX, reports Leeham News and Comment.Previously, the company had encouraged the two customers for the smallest 737 MAX version to take the larger 737-8 MAX. The largest version is the 737-9.

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February 22  |  By Dan Catchpole
Boeing Co. Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg has been elected to succeed Jim McNerney as chairman of the board of directors, starting March 1. Boeing independent Lead Director Kenneth Duberstein will stay on in his role. Muilenburg, 52, succeeded McNerney as the aerospace giant’s 10th CEO in July 2015. He started with Boeing as an engineering intern in 1985.

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February 21  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — The first Boeing 727 is almost ready to take to the sky again. It is tentatively scheduled to take off from Paine Field outside Everett for Boeing Field in Seattle on March 1. It has been sitting at the Museum of Flight’s Restoration Center at Paine Field since 1991, when United Air Lines donated the airplane.

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February 21  |  By Dan Catchpole
Donald Trump clearly understands Republican primary voters — or at least he understands enough of them to be the current frontrunner in the GOP horse race for the nomination. But he just as clearly does not understand the aerospace industry in general and specifically, the Boeing Co. Ahead of his primary win in South Carolina on Saturday, he said that Boeing would move its North Charleston, South Carolina plant to China.

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February 20  |  By Dan Catchpole
The U.S. Air Force is expecting to get the first batch of Boeing’s new aerial refueling tanker a year later than initially scheduled, but, military officials say, Boeing is still expected to meet its contractual delivery deadline, reports the Wichita Eagle’s Matt Riedl.

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February 11  |  By Dan Catchpole
Two private equity firms — Farol Asset Management and Liberty Hall Capital — have teamed up to buy Renton-based AIM Aerospace, a major supplier.The firms say the deal is worth $220 million. AIM Aerospace was founded in 1988 and has about 1,000 employees in Renton, Auburn and Summer.

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February 10  |  
EVERETT — Negotiators from the Machinists union and Cadence Aerospace-Giddens resumed contract negotiations Tuesday after workers there overwhelmingly rejected a contract proposal last week.



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February 8  |  By Dan Catchpole
LYNNWOOD — The West Coast’s biggest aerospace industry conference starts Tuesday at the Lynnwood Convention Center. Hundreds of industry executives will be at the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance’s annual conference, which runs through Thursday. This year’s theme is ‘Flying into the future.’

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