Aviation and space

Paine Field is cleared for passenger takeoff, FAA says

After years of planning and litigation, airlines can begin service at Everett’s new terminal.

 

Trump OKs plan to create Space Force under Air Force control

It would be under Air Force control in a fashion similar to how the Marines are under the Navy.

 

Spokane airport chief named to Gov. Inslee’s airplane council

The council aims to position Washington as the preferred location for Boeing next airplane.

 

FAA probes Southwest calculations of baggage weight on jets

A yearlong investigation discovered frequent mistakes that could lead to wrong takeoff weights.

Paine Field neighbors clashed in court over security risks

The legal fight between a corporate hangar and the Historic Flight Foundation led to soaring costs.

Year in space put US astronaut’s disease defenses on alert

Researchers found the activity of some of his genes changed compared to his Earth-bound identical twin.

What will the 797 look like — and will Boeing even build it?

The company’s consideration of an all-new airplane was all the buzz at an aerospace conference this week.

Too big to sell: Airbus bids pained adieu to superjumbo A380

To detractors, the A380 smacked of hubris, a vanity project in an uncertain market for a plane so huge.

Lacking buyers, Airbus abandons the iconic A380 superjumbo

The European plane maker has pulled the plug just 12 years after the double-deck plane entered service.

50 years after the 747 first flew, a 797 is on the horizon

With eyes on the future, Boeing’s commemoration of an iconic but fading jumbo jet will be low-key.

Aerospace conference to focus on manufacturers and suppliers

The Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance annual event is next week in Lynnwood.

United courts the well-heeled with more premium seats

United Airlines hope to lure high-paying flyers with more legroom, airport lounges and other perks.

Boeing invests in advanced supersonic business jet

The 12-passenger AS2 will be designed to fly over ocean routes at speeds up 1,000 miles per hour.

Passengers and workers await first Paine Field boarding call

“For 10 years I’ve been promising myself I would be on that first flight,” says a reservation holder.

Boeing workers in Washington get $429M in annual bonuses

Many of the Machinists union will get an extra hefty bonus after working a lot of overtime in 2018.

For the first time in six years, Boeing employment grows

Manufacturing work on the new 777X in Everett will accelerate as that plane enters flight testing.

Citing audit, Boeing quality inspectors question job cuts

The company says routine “process monitoring” did what it’s supposed to — identify problems.

Air traffic safety could take years to recover from shutdown

Reopening the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, where new controllers are trained, will come gradually.

Boeing soars and lifts markets with record $101B in revenue

The company easily beat Wall Street’s profit and sales expectations for the fourth quarter.

Boeing’s decision of the decade: Does it build the 797?

CEO Dennis Muilenburg is confident that new digital tools can save time and money during assembly.