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March 26  |  By Dan Catchpole
The Boeing Co. has donated another early 787 Dreamliner to a museum. The 787 program’s second test plane flew Thursday morning from Palmdale, California, to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson to join the nearby Pima Air & Space Museum, which announced the donation in a news release.The airplane, known as ZA002, racked up more than 960 flight hours during more than 300 flights as part of the program’s testing and certification of the 787-8, according to the blog All Things 787.

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March 25  |  By Dan Catchpole
The Boeing Co. is not known for making unequivocal public statements. But one thing it is clear about is that it is not talking to Georgia Tech about establishing a new research center in Atlanta.On Tuesday, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article cited two unidentified sources who said that the company and the school are in talks about a new center.

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March 24  |  By Dan Catchpole
Shopfloor workers at Boeing’s South Carolina facilities will vote April 22 on whether to join the union which represents their counterparts around metro Puget Sound, reports the Charleston Post & Courier.

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March 24  |  By Dan Catchpole
The Boeing Co. is scouting locations in Atlanta for a potential research center, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday. Two people told the paper that representatives of the company and Georgia Tech have had “high-level discussions about a potential research center near campus,” the AJC reports.The paper did not print the sources’ names.

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March 24  |  By Dan Catchpole
Boeing gets 'force-field' patent The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has approved Boeing's design for a — wait for it — force field.

That's right, a force field.

It's not quite Star Wars-level technology, though. The system is designed to protect vehicles or structures from shockwaves and shrapnel from a nearby explosion, according to

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March 24  |  By Dan Catchpole
NORTH CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA — Unions are bad for your health. That was Boeing’s message to workers sitting down this week to eat in the cafeteria at the company’s North Charleston, South Carolina plant, reports the Post and Courier’s David Wren.

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March 20  |  Frederic Tomesco, Bloomberg News.
MONTREAL - A breakup may be Bombardier Inc.'s best option for gaining liftoff.



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March 19  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — Airplane makers Airbus and Boeing are reportedly leaning on seat supplier Zodiac Aerospace to resolve persistent delivery delays, according to Reuters.The French supplier has struggled for months to get its seat production back on schedule. The problems disrupted airliner production schedules late last year, including for Boeing’s 787.

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March 19  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — Problems with suppliers and software integration have contributed to the latest delays to the development schedule for the U.S. Air Force’s new aerial refueling tanker, according to a report by federal auditors.Boeing’s KC-46 was supposed to fly in January, then April, and now perhaps not until later in the summer, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James told lawmakers on Wednesday.

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March 18  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — So, first flight of the Boeing Co.’s KC-46 appears to just keep getting pushed further out. The company’s new aerial-refueling tanker isn’t expected to fly until “later on in the summer,” Air Force Secretary Deborah James told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday, according to Reuters. The news report says she “blamed the delay on testing and integration challenges with the new plane.”

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March 3  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — One of the Northwest’s largest aerospace suppliers is expanding — in South Carolina.Boeing has improved 787 production there, spurring AMT Senior Aerospace, an Arlington-based company, to open a 39,000-square-foot site in North Charleston, South Carolina, reports Puget Sound Business Journal’s Steve Wilhelm.

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March 3  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — Boeing has picked up an order for three 747-8 freighters from Azerbaijan’s Silk Way West.The deal is worth more than $1.1 billion at list price, but actual sales prices are typically negotiated down. With weak demand for really big airplanes, such as the 747 and Airbus’ A380, Boeing is almost certainly under pressure to offer significant discounts. Many industry observers expect the 747 line to close later this decade after Boeing delivers Air Force One replacements.

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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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