Aviation and space

FILE - In this June 18, 2015, file photo, an Airbus A380 takes off for its demonstration flight at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget airport, north of Paris. European planemaker Airbus reports that it made 1.87 billion euros profit in the second quarter. That's a relief after a loss in the same quarter a year ago during the depths of the pandemic shutdowns and travel restrictions. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

Airbus, Boeing rivalry is back on as sales campaigns pick up

The improving outlook comes amid a travel reopening that’s gathering pace in some key markets.

 

A line of Southwest Air Boeing 737 jets are parked near the company's production plant while being stored at Paine Field Friday, April 23, 2021, in Everett, Wash. Boeing reported its first quarterly profit since 2019 and revenue topped expectations, as the giant aircraft maker tries to dig out from the most difficult stretch in its history. Boeing said Wednesday, July 28, 2021, that it earned $567 million in the second quarter, compared with a $2.4 billion loss a year ago. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Boeing, for first time since 2019, has a profitable quarter

The earnings hint at a potential turnaround after one of the worst financial crises in the company’s history.

 

File - In this Sept. 24, 2014 file photo, smoke hangs over Reno-Tahoe International Airport as a plane takes off in Reno, Nev. A shortage of jet fuel, coupled with supply chain issues and an urgent demand from firefighting aircraft, continues to cause problems at airports around the West. In Nevada, state and federal lawmakers said they are investigating a possible shortage of jet fuel that could delay cargo delivery and passenger travel at Reno-Tahoe International Airport in the coming days. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine, File)

Airports in the US West dealing with shortage of jet fuel

Supply chain issues and an urgent demand from firefighting aircraft have combined to cause problems.

 

This photo provided by Blue Origin,   Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, exits the  Blue Origin's New Shepard capsule after it parachuted safely down to the launch area with passengers Mark Bezos, Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk, near Van Horn, Texas, Tuesday, July 20, 2021.  (Blue Origin via AP)

Blue Origin’s Bezos reaches space on 1st passenger flight

The Amazon founder is the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft.

This photo provided by Blue Origin,   Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, exits the  Blue Origin's New Shepard capsule after it parachuted safely down to the launch area with passengers Mark Bezos, Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk, near Van Horn, Texas, Tuesday, July 20, 2021.  (Blue Origin via AP)
The first flight for United Airlines servicing Paine Field taxis to the gate on March 31, 2019. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

Come October, United Airlines will discontinue flights at Paine Field

The airline is one of two commercial carriers at the Everett airport. United flies to Denver.

The first flight for United Airlines servicing Paine Field taxis to the gate on March 31, 2019. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)
FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2020 file photo, a motorcyclist cruises past the Renton, Wash., Boeing plant where 737's are built. Boeing is temporarily lowering its delivery target for the 787 Dreamliner after discovering additional work that will need to be performed on the aircraft. The company said Tuesday, July 13, 2021, that the 787 production rate will temporarily be lower than five per month and will gradually return to that rate. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times via AP, File)

Boeing cuts production on the 787 to address a new flaw

The problem is on the forward pressure bulkhead, which keeps the plane’s interior pressurized.

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2020 file photo, a motorcyclist cruises past the Renton, Wash., Boeing plant where 737's are built. Boeing is temporarily lowering its delivery target for the 787 Dreamliner after discovering additional work that will need to be performed on the aircraft. The company said Tuesday, July 13, 2021, that the 787 production rate will temporarily be lower than five per month and will gradually return to that rate. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times via AP, File)

Applications open for aviation jobs protection program

It’s funded by the federal American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill enacted in the spring.

Jackson Ishida, 13, runs through a preflight safety check during a Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club program on Saturday, June 12, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A Mukilteo aviation club helps youth of all colors aim high

The Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club introduces airplanes to kids who might not otherwise spread their wings.

Jackson Ishida, 13, runs through a preflight safety check during a Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club program on Saturday, June 12, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
An artist's rendering of the Eviation Alice electric airplane. (Eviation) 20210705

Arlington company Eviation unveils electric airplane design

The nine-passenger aircraft could fly for the first time this year at Arlington Municipal Airport.

An artist's rendering of the Eviation Alice electric airplane. (Eviation) 20210705
A U.S. Coast Guard cutter patrols the area of debris from a 737 cargo plane that crashed off Oahu, Friday, July 2, 2021, near Honolulu. The plane made an emergency landing in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii early Friday and both people on board were rescued. The pilots of the Transair Flight 810 reported engine trouble and were attempting to return to Honolulu when they were forced to land the Boeing 737 in the water, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. (Craig T. Kojima/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

Two rescued after cargo plane crashes in ocean off Hawaii

The pilots reported engine trouble and were forced to land the Boeing 737 in the water.

A U.S. Coast Guard cutter patrols the area of debris from a 737 cargo plane that crashed off Oahu, Friday, July 2, 2021, near Honolulu. The plane made an emergency landing in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii early Friday and both people on board were rescued. The pilots of the Transair Flight 810 reported engine trouble and were attempting to return to Honolulu when they were forced to land the Boeing 737 in the water, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. (Craig T. Kojima/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)
The Boeing 737 Max 10 airplane landing at Boeing Field in Seattle on June 18, 2021. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Chona Kasinger.

United’s big jetliner order includes 200 Boeing 737 Max jets

The airline’s ambitious upgrade bolsters a push to appeal to travelers willing to pay for pampering.

The Boeing 737 Max 10 airplane landing at Boeing Field in Seattle on June 18, 2021. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Chona Kasinger.
With the Olympic mountains in the background, Boeing's 777x  lifts off from Paine Field on its first flight, to Boeing Field in Seattle, on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 in Everett, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Boeing’s next airplane likely to be delayed by FAA concerns

The agency is concerned that late changes on the 777X could introduce new, inadvertent problems.

With the Olympic mountains in the background, Boeing's 777x  lifts off from Paine Field on its first flight, to Boeing Field in Seattle, on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 in Everett, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Czech airline sues Boeing over losses related to 737 Max

The complaint alleges “Boeing chose a cheap and hastily implemented bandaid” for its flight control system.

Helen Mary Vaudrin, a “Rosie the Riveter” at the Goodyear Aircraft plant in Akron, Ohio during WWII, touches a Goodyear F2G-1 Super Corsair at the Restoration Center & Reserve Collection at Paine Field,  on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in Everett, Washington. It is believed she riveted the fuselage of the plane during her time at the Goodyear Factory.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

‘Rosie the Riveter’ reunites with plane she helped build

A 100-year-old Monroe resident came face to fuselage with a World War II Corsair at Paine Field.

Helen Mary Vaudrin, a “Rosie the Riveter” at the Goodyear Aircraft plant in Akron, Ohio during WWII, touches a Goodyear F2G-1 Super Corsair at the Restoration Center & Reserve Collection at Paine Field,  on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in Everett, Washington. It is believed she riveted the fuselage of the plane during her time at the Goodyear Factory.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Tim Keating, Boeing executive vice president of government operations and a member of the leadership council, speaking in 2014 at the Governor’s annual Aerospace Summit in Everett. Keating was abruptly ousted Monday. (Ellen M. Banner/Seattle Times/TNS)

Boeing ousts its longtime chief lobbyist in Washington, D.C.

Chief Executive Dave Calhoun’s memo provided no explanation for Tim Keating’s sudden departure.

Tim Keating, Boeing executive vice president of government operations and a member of the leadership council, speaking in 2014 at the Governor’s annual Aerospace Summit in Everett. Keating was abruptly ousted Monday. (Ellen M. Banner/Seattle Times/TNS)
With the Olympic mountains in the background, the first passenger flight by Alaska Airlines Flight 2878 departs for Portland on opening day of the Paine Field Terminal on Monday, March 4, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Snohomish County airports get $5.5 million in federal grants

Paine Field will receive $5.4 million. Arlington’s airport and Harvey Field each are getting $59,000.

With the Olympic mountains in the background, the first passenger flight by Alaska Airlines Flight 2878 departs for Portland on opening day of the Paine Field Terminal on Monday, March 4, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
FILE - In this June 19, 2015 file photo, Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration building is seen in Washington.  The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday, June 2, 2021 that Ali Bahrami, the head of FAA's aviation safety office, will step down at the end of June. Bahrami was among FAA officials who were criticized by lawmakers and relatives of passengers on Boeing Max jets that crashed.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Latest FAA reform gives workers new way to report safety flaws

The Voluntary Safety Reporting Program was spurred by the two fatal crashes on the Boeing 737 Max.

FILE - In this June 19, 2015 file photo, Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration building is seen in Washington.  The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday, June 2, 2021 that Ali Bahrami, the head of FAA's aviation safety office, will step down at the end of June. Bahrami was among FAA officials who were criticized by lawmakers and relatives of passengers on Boeing Max jets that crashed.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
Pilot Dan Tarasievich lines up for a landing at  Arlington Municipal Airport after a morning of flying with friends on Saturday, April 20, 2019 in Arlington, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Could Snohomish County’s two largest airports be expanded?

A study explores expanding runways at Paine Field and Arlington Municipal to relieve a coming crunch.

Pilot Dan Tarasievich lines up for a landing at  Arlington Municipal Airport after a morning of flying with friends on Saturday, April 20, 2019 in Arlington, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
The final version of the 737 MAX, the MAX 10, takes off from Renton Airport in Renton, WA on its first flight Friday, June 18, 2021. The plane will fly over Eastern Washington and then land at Boeing Field  (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times via AP, Pool)

Boeing’s newest version of the 737 Max makes first flight

The Max 10 took off near Seattle for an expected two-hour trip.

The final version of the 737 MAX, the MAX 10, takes off from Renton Airport in Renton, WA on its first flight Friday, June 18, 2021. The plane will fly over Eastern Washington and then land at Boeing Field  (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times via AP, Pool)
Boeing 737 Max airplanes, including one belonging to TUI Group, left, sit parked at a storage lot, Monday, April 26, 2021, near Boeing Field in Seattle.  Lawmakers, on Tuesday, May 18,  are asking Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration for records detailing production problems with two of the company's most popular airliners. The lawmakers are focusing on the Boeing 737 Max and a larger plane, the 787, which Boeing calls the Dreamliner.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Biden administration talking to China on Boeing Max approval

The planes remain banned in the country while other jurisdictions have reauthorized it following crashes.

Boeing 737 Max airplanes, including one belonging to TUI Group, left, sit parked at a storage lot, Monday, April 26, 2021, near Boeing Field in Seattle.  Lawmakers, on Tuesday, May 18,  are asking Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration for records detailing production problems with two of the company's most popular airliners. The lawmakers are focusing on the Boeing 737 Max and a larger plane, the 787, which Boeing calls the Dreamliner.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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