Aviation and space

Ex-Boeing executive Ray Conner joins Alaska Air board

Alaska Air Group said his appointment affirms the company’s commitment to its Northwest roots.

Electroimpact cuts Mukilteo staff by 9 percent

“What we’re missing now is a monster anchor project,” the company’s VP said.

High-flying nuptials: Pope marries couple on papal plane

The two flight attendants tied the knot at 36,000 feet over Chile.

U.S. helicopter crash kills Zimbabwe opposition leader

The 6 people on board were flying to a New Mexico ranch that one of them owned. One person survived.

Emirates orders 20 more Airbus A380 jumbos, saving program

The Dubai carrier also has options to buy 16 more. The program seems safe until 2029.

How do you retrieve an errant Boeing 737 from a muddy slope?

Turkish authorities used cranes to lift a plane that skidded off a runway.

Glitches slow Boeing, SpaceX plans for human spaceflight

Boeing has an issue with its abort system that may cause the spacecraft to “tumble.”

Boeing opens new $17 million training center in Auburn

Workers and dignitaries marked the grand opening of the facility Monday.

Does a hypersonic US reconnaissance plane already exist?

A Skunk Works executive speaks of the top secret aircraft as if it is already in operation.

Airbus floats shutdown of A380 superjumbo

The aircraft is so big that some airports had to expand runways to accommodate the 550-seat plane.

Mars hides thick sheets of ice just below the surface

A thirsty astronaut could go at the scarp with a hammer and, presto, fresh Martian ice chips.

Pentagon: No comment on secret satellite that vanished

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral on Sunday carrying a classified payload.

FAA investigates latest close call at San Francisco airport

The tower ordered the Aeromexico Boeing 737 to go around as it descended toward an occupied runway.

Boeing’s been eyeing Embraer and Bombardier for years

The company is in talks to buy Embraer, but both regional jet makers have been targets over the years.

Early boarding pass: Everett’s rising passenger terminal

Here’s what to expect when two airlines begin passenger service at Paine Field later this year.

SpaceX says rocket performance OK in secret satellite launch

The Wall Street Journal reports the satellite apparently did not separate from the second stage.

Boeing sets a new production record: 763 jetliners in 2017

The company also inked 912 jetliner orders last year with a list value of $134.8 billion.

Malaysia OKs new search by private company for missing 777

The understanding of where the plane may be is “better now than it has ever been.”

Flames and screams after two 737s collide at Toronto airport

Passengers reported that the aisles were blocked by people searching for their overhead bags.

RAND reviews Pentagon purchase protests by Boeing and others

Boeing, Lockheed Martin contested Air Force’s decision to choose Northrop Grumman for B-21 bomber.