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Boeing 2016 plane orders lag estimates

The Boeing Co. is running out of time to hit its goal of getting roughly one new order for every airplane it delivers… Continue reading

Larsen to FAA: Closing Paine Field tower could hurt national economy

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen is lobbying the Federal Aviation Administration to keep the air traffic control tower at Everett’s Paine Field open despite federal budget… Continue reading

Public perception, engineering and Boeing 787 troubles

As the Boeing Co. awaits approval by federal regulators on a solution to return the 787 to commercial flight, the company quietly is checking the… Continue reading

SPEEA can’t ‘extract’ more from Boeing without a strike

Contract ballots were mailed Thursday to 7,500 Boeing Co. technical workers, whose rejection of the company’s offer would “almost certainly lead to a strike,” union… Continue reading

Boeing’s 737 MAX tops 1,000 orders with $6B deal

The Boeing Co.’s updated 737 MAX jet has won more than 1,000 orders thanks to a deal reached in late 2012, the company announced Wednesday.… Continue reading

‘Little progress’ in Boeing, SPEEA talks; Inslee weighs in

There was “little progress” Thursday in negotiations between the Boeing Co. and the union representing 22,950 of its engineers and technical workers. That’s according to… Continue reading

Boeing rolls out first 777 built at faster rate

The first 777 to be built at the rate of 8.3 jets monthly has been rolled out of the factory in Everett, the Boeing Co.… Continue reading

Spokane’s Fairchild on list for Boeing tanker

Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane is on the Pentagon’s list to house the Boeing Co.-built KC-46A tanker. Gov. Chris Gregoire and members of Washington’s… Continue reading

Airbus logs A350 order; Boeing 787s at LAX

Airbus won an order for 10 A350-900s from CIT Group Inc., the jet maker announced Thursday. It’s the second time CIT has ordered the A350,… Continue reading

Fire spotted on parked Boeing 787 in Boston

Fire broke out Monday on a… Continue reading

Boeing gets boost as Qatar, Asian carriers defend 787

After a couple of rough days with its 787 jet, Boeing Co. shares rebounded early Wednesday. Boeing shares were up more than 3 percent in… Continue reading

Congress, AF hope to preserve Boeing KC-46 budget

Both Congress and the Pentagon seem to agree that now is not the time to cut funding for the Air Force’s KC-46 tanker program. It… Continue reading

Airbus books $9.3B deal for A320s

Turkish Airlines announced on Friday an order for up to 117 Airbus A320 aircraft, a deal valued at $9.3 billion at list prices. The order,… Continue reading

Boeing 787 worker in South Carolina dies after fall

A Boeing employee in South Carolina died Friday after sustaining injuries in a fall at the company’s North Charleston site on March 18. “This is… Continue reading

NTSB sees no anomalies in 787 battery cells; more tests

The cause of a Jan. 7 battery fire on a Boeing 787 remains unknown Friday as officials bring in more battery experts and continue their… Continue reading

Air India flies grounded 787; JAL eyes compensation

Air India has flown its Boeing Co. 787s since aviation authorities around the world grounded the jet Jan. 16. India’s civil aviation authority gave the… Continue reading

Pentagon on KC-46 tanker; Boeing Charleston bonuses; engineers vs. ‘bean counters’

Yesterday, Air Force officials said they’ll fly Boeing’s new KC-46A tanker more than initially planned, driving up operating costs over the life of the tanker… Continue reading

Boeing’s Conner to SPEEA: ‘Nobody wins in a strike’

As the Boeing Co. struggles to get its 787 back on track, the company is appealing to its engineering workers to accept its labor contract… Continue reading

Boeing 787 completes first test flight since its grounding

On Saturday, the Boeing Co.’s 787 had an “uneventful” test flight, the Dreamliner’s first since its Jan. 16 grounding by federal authorities. The Federal Aviation… Continue reading

Boeing exec talks up 777X, 787-10X at aerospace conference

Boeing Co. executives “really like what we’re doing” with widebody jet development programs like the 777X and 787-10X. That’s what Randy Tinseth, vice president of… Continue reading

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