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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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February 17  |  By Dan Catchpole
MUKILTEO — Workforce Snohomish and Paine Field Airport are hosting the annual Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Career Fair on Wednesday at the Future of Flight Aviation Center at Paine Field.

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February 5  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — Apparently, drone operators need to watch out for more than trees, power lines and smokestacks.

Add goats, dogs and remote-controlled model airplanes to the list.

While drones might be creating regulatory headaches for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), we can at least enjoy another silly video compilation of drone crashes. Thanks, YouTube!

As drones — or unmanned aerial systems, as they are called by the aerospace...

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February 5  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — Boeing and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) are reportedly close to an agreement for union members’ performance bonus for 2014.Jon Holden, the head of IAM’s District Lodge 751, which represents about 32,000 Boeing employees, said in an email sent Wednesday to members that the union and Boeing are still in talks about the amount of the bonus.

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February 5  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — Boeing lost out on a big single-aisle airplane order for Avianca Holdings, a Colombian airline group, flag carrier for Colombia. The airline instead signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus Group NV for 100 A320neo-family airplanes. Based on the middle of the family’s three models, the deal is worth $10.6 billion at current list prices. However, actual sales prices are typically negotiated down.

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February 4  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — A third party is reportedly pitching Emirates Airlines on a deal that would extend the life of Boeing’s 747-8 program while undermining an upgraded Airbus’ A380.

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January 29  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — Whoops! A small oversight in a full-page ad in Thursday’s Daily Herald has the Boeing Co. on the wrong side of the law. Sort of.The ad highlights Boeing’s robust and growing presence in Washington. It used the state seal without state approval.“It was an oversight,” said Paul Bergman, a spokesman for the aerospace giant.

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January 23  |  By Dan Catchpole and Rikki King Herald Writers
EVERETT — Boeing has fired four workers for using and selling illegal drugs at its Everett facility. The company said the terminations followed an internal investigation, but declined to provide further details.“We have verified that all work performed by the individuals involved was inspected or validated through our normal processes by employees who were not part of this action,” Boeing spokesman Paul Bergman said.

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January 22  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — American Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airline took ownership of the aircraft, N800AN, on Thursday, a Boeing spokesman said. It is expected to depart Friday morning, but the spokesman would not confirm that.

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January 22  |  By Dan Catchpole
Boeing outspent all major defense firms last year in lobbying Congress and executive agencies, according to analysis of public records by Politico. The airplane maker spent $16.7 million. United Technologies came next with $15.5 million, followed by Lockheed Martin with $14.4 million.In all, major defense companies spent $96.7 million in lobbying the federal government.

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January 19  |  By Dan Catchpole
SEATTLE — Boeing and the University of Washington cut the ribbon Monday on a new research facility at the school’s Seattle campus.The Boeing Advanced Research Center will initially focus on advanced assembly and manufacturing technologies. Students and faculty from UW’s Department of Mechanical Engineering will work with Boeing engineers on aircraft and spacecraft assembly and manufacturing.

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January 16  |  By Dan Catchpole Herald Writer
EVERETT — Boeing announced Thursday that Spanish carrier Air Europa has ordered 14 787-9 Dreamliners.The order is worth $3.6 billion at list prices, but airlines and airplane makers often negotiate substantial discounts. The airline is converting its long-haul fleet to all Boeing airplanes. It now has 22 787s on order.Air Europa aims to operate one of the most modern fleets in the world, said Juan Jose Hidalgo, president of Globalia, the airline’s parent company.

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January 13  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — The upcoming retirement of Boeing’s top executive in South Carolina prompted a series of follow-the-leader promotions that the company announced Tuesday. The changes affect the aerospace giant’s 737 and 767 commercial airplane programs, as well as its Renton plant and North Charleston, South Carolina site.

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January 13  |  
Missouri has agreed to an incentive package with Boeing that provides the aerospace giant money if employment grows and even some if it shrinks.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the deal reflects worry that Boeing's local employment may shrink as major fighter programs wind down.



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January 9  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — Boeing and Azerbaijan-based Silk Way West Airlines are working out terms for three 747-8 freighters.The Silk Way West deal would be worth $1.1 billion at current list prices, but airplanes are usually sold at large discounts, especially when a company is struggling to attract buyers.

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December 31  |  By Dan Catchpole
In a report released earlier this month, Japanese civil air authorities say that Boeing 787 Dreamliners can continue flying even after a single battery failure, but nonetheless, are pressing the airplane maker to redesign the lithium ion batteries, according to news reports.

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December 27  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — The first test plane of Boeing’s aerial-refueling tanker program ran through taxiing and ground tests Saturday ahead of its first flight, which is slated for Sunday.

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December 23  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — The Boeing Co. and Kuwait Airways finalized an order for 10 777-300ERs, a deal worth $3.3 billion at list price, the airplane maker announced Tuesday. Kuwait Airways had said in November that it intended to order the twin-aisle, long-haul jetliners.

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December 22  |  By Dan Catchpole
SEATTLE — Air China has committed to buying 60 737s, the Boeing Co. announced Monday. The deal is for both 737 Next-Generation and 737 MAX airplanes, according to Boeing’s news release.At current list price, the deal is worth more than $6 billion.But airplane makers typically offer steep discounts, especially for single-aisle airplanes. Boeing and its rival, Airbus Group NV, have been fighting fiercely over the single-aisle market, where demand for new airplanes is greatest.

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December 15  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — Space and time limited what I could put into my story on the KC-46 aerial-refueling tanker program update, so here are some odds and ends that I had to leave out. The tanker is based on the 767-200ER airplane, but it includes aspects of the 767-300 and -400, as well as a cockpit based on the 787.

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December 9  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT ? Boeing plans to put a small, but important set of 777X engineering work in Philadelphia rather than metro Puget Sound, where similar work is done on the 787.

The work will move but not the people doing the work, according to an official with the union representing Boeing engineers, the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA).

The move is expected to happen in January. The group is called the 777X Environmental Control...

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December 9  |  By Dan Catchpole
Boeing says it is cutting production of the venerable 747 jumbo jet next September from 18 per year to slightly less than 16 a year.The reduction, which comes after years of weakening demand for the big jetliner, is a “minor adjustment” that “will allow us to continue to run a healthy business,” the Chicago-based company said in a statement Tuesday.

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December 3  |  By Dan Catchpole Herald Writer
EVERETT — The first test plane for the Boeing Co.’s KC-46A aerial-refueling tanker program is on the flight line at Paine Field next to the company’s factory.“We’re doing final prep for first flight on tanker,” Boeing Chief Operating Officer Dennis Muilenburg said Wednesday during an investors conference in New York.

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November 20  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — While Boeing missed out on Delta’s big twin-aisle jetliner order, it landed another — albeit smaller — prize from Kuwait Airways.The Persian Gulf carrier says it plans to order 10 777-300ER airplanes. The order is worth $3.3 billion at list price.

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November 19  |  By Dan Catchpole
A senior Air Force general says there is little room left for delays on Boeing’s KC-46 tanker program, the Air Force Times reported Wednesday.

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November 17  |  By Dan Catchpole
SEATTLE — An early Boeing 787 Dreamliner loaded with new technologies aimed at reducing aviation’s environmental footprint has started flight testing, the company announced Monday.The aerospace giant is using the fourth Dreamliner, ZA004, for the latest flight tests in its ecoDemonstrator Program, which helps test and refine technologies and methods to improve efficiency and reduce noise.

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November 14  |  By Dan Catchpole Herald Writer
EVERETT — Two contract workers at Boeing’s Everett plant were injured Thursday night while working on an airplane on the flight line.One worker was taken by helicopter and another by ground ambulance to hospitals for treatment, according to a statement issued by the company.

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