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June 23  |  By Dan Catchpole
The U.S. Air Force says Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane is on its shortlist of possible homes for the second active-duty unit of KC-46A aerial refueling tankers, which Boeing is developing in...

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June 23  |  By Dan Catchpole
The Boeing Co.’s historic sale to Iran Air could be undone either by U.S. hawks who take a hardline on Iran or by Tehran’s own bad behavior.The Islamic nation has used the airline to ferry weapons and fighters around the Middle East in support of groups deemed terrorists by the U.S. State Department. The Obama administration used a technicality to sidestep the issue while negotiating last year’s nuclear agreement.

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June 21  |  By Dan Catchpole
The Obama administration threw open the door Tuesday for businesses currently using drones, while putting the brakes on fleets of delivery drones and other potential future uses in development.

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June 20  |  By Dan Catchpole
Sometimes going faster means making fewer mistakes. That’s Boeing’s approach with its new robotic systems for drilling holes in 737 wing spars at its Renton plant. The new Spar Assembly Line system is expected to significantly cut rework and generally speed the process as Boeing ramps its 737s production up to historically fast rates, Reuters reports.

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June 2  |  
Boeing is officially frustrated with opposition from the Machinists union and U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen to Norwegian Air’s plans to expand flights to and from the U.S. via a subsidiary.

Boeing leadership is concerned that the opposition could put future airplane orders at risk.



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May 9  |  By Dan Catchpole
Boeing is working on a hardware and software fix for a lingering problem with the KC-46 tanker’s aerial refueling system, reports Flightglobal.

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May 4  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — Zodiac Aerospace is out and B/E Aerospace is in supplying business seats for American Airlines’ 787-9s, the airline confirmed Tuesday. the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reported.

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May 2  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — The Boeing Co. isn’t backing down from the 737 MAX despite stiff competition from rival Airbus’ A320neo, Boeing chief executive and president Dennis Muilenburg said Monday.Airbus’ single-aisle A321neo has dominated Boeing’s 737 MAX 9, which has won about one order for every five A321neo orders. Airbus went to market first, but the MAX 9, the biggest of the re-engined 737s, has struggled to close the gap.

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May 2  |  By Dan Catchpole
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA — Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 has passed high altitude tests. A test aircraft for the new single-aisle plane hit the milestone in La Paz, Bolivia, where the airport is at about 13,300 feet above sea level. “The engines and other systems performed well, as expected, under extreme conditions. That’s exactly what we wanted to see,” Keith Leverkuhn, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president and 737 MAX program general manager, said in a press release from the company.

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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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