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August 25  |  By Dan Catchpole Herald Writer
Korean Air takes possession of 747-8s
EVERETT — Korean Air on Tuesday became the first airline to receive the passenger and freighter versions of Boeing’s 747-8. Boeing handed over a new 747-8 Intercontinental, the passenger version, to the Korean carrier at a ceremony in Everett. The airline has nine more on order, and it already flies seven 747-8 freighters.

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August 25  |  By Dan Catchpole
While concerns about China’s economy contributed to massive sell offs in U.S. stock exchanges on Monday, Boeing increased its outlook for that country’s demand for new airplanes over the next 20 years. Boeing now sees demand in China for 6,330 airplanes worth an estimated $1 trillion in current dollars.

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August 19  |  By Dan Catchpole
Management moves recently announced by Esterline Technologies do not directly affect its Everett-based division, Korry. The changes are limited to the diverse aerospace company’s corporate office in Bellevue, and are another example of Esterline’s newish CEO Curtis Reusser putting his stamp on the company.

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August 17  |  By Dan Catchpole Herald Writer
EVERETT — Boeing’s new aerial refueling tanker, the KC-46A Pegasus, won’t fly until late September or early October following a chemical mix-up last month that damaged the plane’s fuel system, a company spokesman said Monday. The damage occurred while testing the plane’s fuel system at Boeing’s Paine Field facilities adjacent to its Everett plant, where the tanker is assembled.

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August 13  |  By Dan Catchpole
Was former Boeing CEO Jim McNerney’s implied threat of moving jobs overseas if the U.S. Export-Import Bank isn’t reauthorized simply bluster? Maybe not, reports the Seattle Times:

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August 13  |  By Dan Catchpole
Spirit Aerosystems has completed the first Boeing 737 MAX fuselage at its Wichita plant. The fuselage will eventually move to Boeing's Renton plant, which will assemble both the 737 Next Generation and the 737 MAX.



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August 12  |  By Dan Catchpole
There is still a market for Boeing’s 767, the company’s Chief Financial Officer Greg Smith said Wednesday at Jefferies Global Industrials Conference.

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August 7  |  By Dan Catchpole Herald Writer
NEWPORT — Zodiac Aerospace’s Newport plant is getting back to work three weeks after an explosion injured five and shut the facility down, the company said Friday.

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August 7  |  By Dan Catchpole
LYNNWOOD — German manufacturer General Aerospace is coming to America. To Lynnwood, specifically.The small aerospace supplier recently announced plans to open its first office in the United States in Lynnwood.

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August 7  |  By Dan Catchpole
How does a Boeing test pilot sell airplanes? Barrel rolls Sixty years ago, Boeing test pilot ‘Tex' Johnston gave perhaps the most famous sales pitch in history in the skies over Lake Washington.

He was flying Boeing's Dash 80, the precursor to the 707 and KC-135, for thousands of spectators at Seattle's Seafair hydroplane races. Executives from the Aircraft Industries Association and the International Air Transport Association were also in town and at the races.

In 1954, Boeing became the first American...

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July 31  |  By Dan Catchpole Herald Writer
EVERETT — Boeing is adding engineers, support staff and even an executive with a ‘fix-it' reputation to its troubled KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling tanker program to keep it moving along. The company is also working more closely with contractors to make sure parts are delivered on time and according to spec.

The development program suffered another setback last week when a corrosive chemical was improperly used in the tanker's advanced fuel system during...

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July 28  |  By Dan Catchpole
The head of Boeing’s 787 program, Larry Loftis is retiring. The company has tapped Mark Jenks to succeed him as a Boeing vice president and general manager of the 787 program. Jenks will take the lead on cutting the cost of making the carbon-fiber composite material aircraft, which cost more to make than their sales price.He knows the Dreamliner well, having been on the program since 2003.

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July 27  |  By Dan Catchpole
The Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. says that the last of seven test planes for its MRJ regional jet program has entered final assembly.The seventh test plane will be used for fatigue testing, which is used to make sure the airframe can hold up to the repeated stresses put on an aircraft from taking off, flying at altitude and landing. The plane entered final assembly June 30.

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July 24  |  By Dan Catchpole
Boeing is considering cutting the amount of high-priced titanium on its 787 Dreamliner in its effort to reduce losses on the program, reports Reuters’ Alwyn Scott. The lightweight alloy is used much more on the 787 than on other Boeing commercial jetliners. It accounts for 15 percent of an empty 787’s weight.

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July 24  |  By Dan Catchpole
Despite its rocky introduction into service, Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner has become so reliable that it is costing money for parts suppliers. Both Rockwell Collins and United Technologies Corp. said in earnings calls this week that demand for 787 spare parts has been so far below what they had expected that it has hurt their revenue from commercial aftermarket sales.

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July 24  |  By Dan Catchpole
Boeing and Japanese manufacturers have firmed up details for sharing work on Boeing’s new airplane, the 777X. The contract, which was announced Thursday, includes work on fuselage sections; center wing sections; pressure bulkhead; main landing gear wells; passenger, cargo and main landing gear doors; wing components and wing-body fairings, according to a statement from Boeing.

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July 22  |  By Dan Catchpole
FedEx has placed the biggest order for Boeing 767s. The cargo and package delivery company announced Tuesday that it has ordered 50 767-300 freighters and has options for another 50 of the airplanes, which are assembled at Boeing’s Everett plant.Based on the airplane’s sticker price, the deal is worth nearly $10 billion. However, big buyers — and this order definitely meets the criteria — are able to negotiate considerable discounts.

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July 15  |  By Dan Catchpole
FedEx is reportedly negotiating with Boeing to buy at least 25 767 freighters.

The sale would be a big bump for the twin-engine airplane program, which has posted seven net orders since 2013. The program is buoyed by the U.S. Air Force's order for 179 aerial refueling tankers based on the 767, which is assembled at Boeing's Everett...

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July 6  |  By Dan Catchpole
Boeing came up in second place to its European rival, the Airbus Group, on orders in the first half of the year. The Chicago-based company has deliver more airplanes this year, though. Airbus reported a total of 382 new orders — 348 after counting cancellations — and 304 deliveries in the first six months of the year. Boeing had 325 new orders — 281 after cancellations — and 381 deliveries.

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June 30  |  By Dan Catchpole
The Boeing Co.'s KC-46 Pegasus tanker was shut out again Tuesday, this time by South Korea. That makes the aerial refueling tanker 0-for-6 competing for foreign military contracts.

Boeing has lost every one of those deals to its rival, Airbus Group's A-330 Multi Role Tanker Transport.

The European consortium won the $1.3 billion deal for four tankers due, in part, to a weaker euro,

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June 26  |  By Dan Catchpole
An improving cargo market prompted Atlas Air to announce Thursday that it is taking delivery of another Boeing 747-8 freighter in November.The decision was “based on the improved airfreight environment and customer demand,” Atlas Air said in a news release. The plane will be a new build and not one in currently in storage, according to a Boeing spokeswoman.

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June 17  |  By Dan Catchpole
Most of the Boeing Co.'s remaining "Terrible Teens" are reportedly moving out.

The aerospace giant has sold six of the early-production and overweight 787 Dreamliners to Ethiopian Airlines, Bloomberg News reports.

That leaves four early-build 787s — three in Everett and one in Seattle.

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June 17  |  By Dan Catchpole
There’s been a flurry of news out of the Paris Air Show, so here is a round up of Wednesday’s most interesting stories:

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June 16  |  By Dan Catchpole
The trip to France was worth it. Lynnwood-based Nova-Tech Engineering landed work in Mississippi during a meeting Monday with Orbital ATK executives at the Paris Air Show.

"They were able to more or less confirm that they are ready to go forward," said Bill Bigot, Nova-Tech's vice president of business development.

The firm will do the engineering on upgrading a rocket transporter at Orbital ATK's...

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June 15  |  By Dan Catchpole
The Boeing Co. says it is studying a new commercial jetliner that would smaller than its smallest twin-aisle airplane and bigger than its largest single-aisle plane.

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June 11  |  By Dan Catchpole
Boeing says it sees the already historically high demand for commercial airplanes only going up over the next 20 years.Its latest market forecast, released Thursday, projects demand for 38,050 new airplanes through 2034, a 3.5 percent increase over last year’s projections. Those new airplanes are worth an estimated $5.6 trillion.

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June 8  |  By Dan Catchpole
Sunday marked the 20th anniversary of the first flight with paying passengers on a Boeing 777. Since then it has gone to become possibly the most commercially successful twin-aisle airplane program.

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June 2  |  By Dan Catchpole
Boeing KC-46 tanker program test plane takes off with boom attached A test plane from Boeing's new aerial refueling tanker program took off from Boeing Field International in Seattle fitted with a refueling boom Tuesday afternoon.

The plane is not the final KC-46 model that Boeing is under contract to deliver to the U.S. Air Force in 2017. It is an interim model, called a 767-2C, being used to speed up the certification process. The plane flew once in late December and

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May 29  |  By Dan Catchpole
Boeing’s KC-46 program resumes flight tests Boeing's new aerial refueling tanker program is back in the air.

The program's first test plane, EMD1, flew for 4.5 hours Thursday out of Boeing Field International in Seattle.

Prior to that, the airplane had flown only once — on Dec. 28.

After today's flight, Boeing plans to attach a refueling boom to EMD1 to do...

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May 20  |  By Dan Catchpole
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is taking another run at organizing Boeing workers in South Carolina, reports the Puget Sound Business Journal.This time, though, organizers will have an easier time directly contacting the roughly 3,200 eligible workers, thanks to information Boeing had to hand over in April.

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