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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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February 2  |  By Dan Catchpole
The Boeing Co. could deliver its newest jetliner, the 737 MAX, as much as six months early, reports the Wall Street Journal. As WSJ’s Jon Ostrower notes, that is a rare feat in the aerospace industry nowadays.

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January 29  |  By Dan Catchpole
Boeing 737 MAX takes off from Renton for first flight UPDATE — 10:07 a.m.

The first 737-8, the Spirit of Renton, accelerated down the rain-slicked runway and lifted off on its first flight about 13 minutes ahead of schedule Friday morning.

The single-aisle airplane is carrying much of the company's future on its wings. The 737 MAX series will fiercely compete with Airbus' A320neo for sales in the huge narrow-body airplane market.

Boeing already has 3,072 orders for 737 MAX, making it the...

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January 28  |  By Dan Catchpole
The Boeing Co. has a new long-term supply agreement with Alcoa, the aluminum producer announced Thursday.It is the fourth Boeing contract Alcoa recently has won. In the last 12 months, the company has secured $10 billion in aerospace contracts.

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January 21  |  By Dan Catchpole
Economics is not a zero-sum game, but selling airplanes can be in the short term.So, Boeing’s win today is Bombardier’s loss — and a particularly stinging loss for the Canadian company’s struggling CSeries.United Continental Holdings announced it plans to buy 40 Boeing 737-700 jetliners — an order worth about $3.22 billion at list prices. It had also been considering Bombardier’s new airplane.

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January 12  |  By Dan Catchpole Herald Writer
NEWPORT — State investigators say that a violent explosion last July at an aerospace supplier’s factory near Spokane could have been prevented. The blast injured 17 workers and temporarily stopped production at Zodiac Cabin & Structures Support, a subsidiary of French multinational Zodiac...

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January 11  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — All Nippon Airways became the first airline to fly 100,000 commercial flights with Boeing 787s. The Japan-based airline and Boeing executives celebrated the milestone at Sea-Tac International Airport on Monday.“The 787 Dreamliner has played an important role especially in forming the backbone of our international fleet,” ANA President and CEO Osamu Shinobe said.

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December 18  |  By Dan Catchpole Herald Writer
EVERETT — The Boeing Co. is continuing with its protest of the U.S. Air Force’s choice of Northrup Grumman to build a next-generation stealth bomber. In November, Boeing and Lockheed Martin protested the decision with the Government Accountability Office. The Air Force defended its subsequent decision in a filing with the GAO. On Thursday, Boeing filed a 133-page brief in response.

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December 18  |  Associated Press
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Boeing has reached another milestone at its South Carolina assembly plant.The aeronautics giant announced Thursday that the 100th airplane assembled at its plant in North Charleston rolled out of the factory this week.The 787-8 Dreamliner will now begin system checks and engine runs on the flight line.The aircraft will be delivered to American Airlines next year.

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December 17  |  By Dan Catchpole
The Donald Trump says he might use Air Force One and park his own Trump Force One if he wins in the 2016 presidential election. “Well look there’s something very special about Air Force One,” Trump told ABC News on Wednesday. “Let’s face it, it represents something very, very special, like the White House represents something.”

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December 17  |  Associated Press
HONG KONG — China’s biggest airline said Thursday it’s buying more than a hundred Boeing 737 jets in a deal worth about $10 billion that comes just months after the U.S. plane maker announced plans to build a Chinese finishing plant for the aircraft type.China Southern Airlines is buying 30 Boeing 737 Next Generation jets and 50 737 Max aircraft, the company said in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange. Its Xiamen Airlines unit is buying 30 of Boeing’s 737 Max jets.

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December 14  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — Aviation agencies in Canada and Australia have restricted Boeing 787 operations due to a software glitch that has incorrectly reported a plane’s location to air traffic controllers on at least five occasions, reports Flightglobal’s Stephen Trimble.

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December 14  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — The Boeing Co. has picked the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. to make the tires for the 777X airliner, which Boeing plans to assemble in Everett. Goodyear is supplying its Flight Radial tire for the 777X’s landing gear, the Akron, Ohio-based company said.

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December 14  |  By Tom Krisher Associated Press
Spurred by numerous reports of drones flying near jets and airports, the federal government has decided to require that the aircraft be registered in order to make it easier to identify their owners and educate amateur aviators.

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December 7  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress has been flying for more than 60 years. It has survived faster, slicker, stealthier bombers. But none has proved as reliable and affordable as the BUFF — Big Ugly Fat Fellow. (That’s the cleaned up version of the acronym.)

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December 3  |  By Dan Catchpole Herald Writer
EVERETT — As Aviation Technical Services grows, it has added some new faces. The latest is Doug Dalbey. He is joining the company in January as its new vice president of quality, safety and technical training for ATS’ facilities in Washington, Missouri and Texas.

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December 2  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — The Boeing Co. has passed a key milestone toward starting production of the 787-10, the biggest version of the Dreamliner family of commercial jetliners.

The company said on Wednesday that its engineers have finished what is called detailed design for the airplane nearly two weeks ahead of schedule.

Those small-scale designs are necessary to start making assembly equipment and components of the airplane.

Boeing has already released...

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November 22  |  Herald Staff
EVERETT — The Boeing Co. says it has fired and disciplined several workers for “inappropriate personal behavior.”The Everett plant workers had been using company-issued phones for sexting — sending sexually-explicit images by text message, according to sources at the company. The sources were not allowed to publicly speak about the matter.A Boeing spokesman would not comment on what prompted the disciplinary action.

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November 16  |  By Dan Catchpole Herald Writer
EVERETT — The Boeing Co. slightly increased its 20-year forecast for commercial airplane demand in Latin America on Monday.

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November 12  |  By Dan Catchpole
LYNNWOOD — Brazilian airplane maker Embraer has named Lynnwood-based Nova-Tech Engineering as its top supplier in 2015.The award was announced Wednesday at Embraer’s supplier conference in Brazil.

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October 29  |  By Dan Catchpole
Boeing and El Al have agreed to 787 Dreamliner orders worth about $2.2 billion at current list prices.The deal is worth considerably less though, as an airplane’s actual sales price is negotiated well below the listed sales price.

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October 27  |  By Dan Catchpole Herald Writer
Boeing and Lockheed Martin left open the possibility of contesting the Pentagon's selection of Northrop Grumman to build a new stealth bomber for the U.S. Air Force.

The two companies had partnered to compete for the contract, which is expected to be worth more than $50 billion.

"The Boeing and Lockheed Martin...

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October 26  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — After several tries, the Boeing Co. has won its first foreign order for its new military aerial refueling tanker, the KC-46A Pegasus.Japan plans to buy three of the tankers, which are assembled in Everett, the country’s Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said Friday. The tankers are expected to go into service in 2020. Japan’s 2016 budget will have money for the first one, which will cost $173 million, according to Kyodo News.

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October 23  |  By Dan Catchpole
Members of Machinists union District Lodge 751 plan to picket Monday at Everett-based Cadence-Giddens. Workers at the aerospace supplier voted in May to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).

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October 23  |  By Dan Catchpole
The Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. has pushed back the first flight of its new regional jet, the MRJ, to the week of Nov. 9 due to a rudder pedal repair.

The MRJ had been slated to fly in late October, several months later than Mitsubishi's original timeline.



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October 20  |  By Dan Catchpole
Boeing’s flagging Super Hornet fighter jet might get a boost from Canadians electing Liberal leader Justin Trudeau to prime minister, Reuters reports. The company’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is nearing the end of its production life, surpassed by competitor Lockheed’s F-35.

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October 20  |  By Dan Catchpole
When Boeing Co. executives discuss quarterly earnings with financial analysts on Wednesday, they likely will try to allay concerns about the 777 and 787 airplane programs. The 777 has long been a huge cash generator for Boeing. The profits from that program have helped the Chicago-based company carry losses on its 787 Dreamliner program.

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October 13  |  By Dan Catchpole
Dutch safety investigators have implicated Russian-backed separatists in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Eastern Ukraine. The inquiry found that a Buk surface-to-air missile likely fired from territory under rebel control brought down the Boeing 777 on July 17, 2014, killing 298 people on board, according to the Dutch Safety Board report released...

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