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Boeing expansion
10:40 am
Wed April 17, 2013

S.C. House approves $120M for Boeing expansion

Legislation giving the Boeing Co. $120 million in incentives for their expansion plans in South Carolina is one vote away from reaching the governor's desk.

The House voted 115-2 Wednesday to approve the bill. Another vote would send it to Gov. Nikki Haley, who is sure to sign it. The Senate approved the measure last week.

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Business and labor
1:44 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Boeing to lay off 800 local machinists, shrink workforce

Associated Press

The Boeing Co. will lay off approximately 800 local workers in the Puget Sound area as part of a larger plan to reduce local headcount by 2,000 to 2,300 people, the company said Friday.

Spokesman Doug Alder said affected employees are machinists who handle refurbishment and change incorporation — implementing necessary post-production updates — to the 787 and the 747-8 models.

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Barefoot bandit
8:04 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Boeing worker mentors 'Barefoot Bandit' in prison

Jonathan Standridge and Colton Harris-Moore made an odd couple as they sat together in the visiting room of a Washington state prison one day last spring.

Standridge, 57, is a project manager at Boeing, one of the world's most important aviation companies. Harris-Moore, 21, is the "Barefoot Bandit," a world-famous airplane thief who is serving a seven-year sentence after a sensational run from the law in stolen boats, cars and planes.

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Business
4:04 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

How do engineers safely test potentially-explosive batteries?

NTSB Materials Engineer Matt Fox examines the casing from the battery involved in the JAL Boeing 787 fire incident in Boston.
NTSB

Boeing will soon start testing its redesigned Dreamliner battery. Battery experts say that means engineers will have to experiment with flammable lithium-ion batteries to see if, well, they explode. 

Engineers subject the batteries to something called safety abuse testing — crushing them, sticking nails in them — to see what happens.

So how do engineers manage to stay safe? 

The trick, according to battery expert Dan Doughty, is to not get too close.

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Business
4:46 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Former FAA chief explains FAA and NTSB relationship

The burned auxiliary power unit battery on the JAL 787 that is being investigated by the NTSB
NTSB

Federal safety investigators so far have been unable to pinpoint the root cause of a 787 Dreamliner battery fire. At the same time, the Federal Aviation Administration is weighing whether to let Boeing move ahead with tests of a new battery design. Does the FAA have to wait for the safety investigation to finish? The short answer is, no.

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Business
5:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Boeing's latest move confirms nationwide trend to end pensions

Members of Boeing's engineering union tally contract votes. The company asked engineers and technicians to give up the pension for new hires
Ashley Gross KPLU

Boeing has been – until recently – one of the last remaining places in the corporate world where you could still get a pension in retirement. Now Boeing’s technical workers are being asked to drop the pension for new employees – it’s part of a broader strategy at the company.

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Business
4:55 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Analyst calls SPEEA decision on Boeing contract 'total capitulation'

Boeing’s refusing to make any improvements in the contract it has offered technical workers. The union says it will now put that same offer out for another vote, a move that an analyst characterizes as giving up.

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Business
2:58 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Boeing plans more defense cuts as U.S. budget shrinks

A C-17 Globemaster III airlifter
David Shane

Boeing executives say they’re cutting costs out of the defense side of their business to cope with shrinking U.S. military spending.

Here in the Puget Sound region, we associate Boeing with commercial jets. But the company has a massive defense business making everything from radar systems to fighter jets. That side of the business has trimmed billions of dollars in recent years because of declining U.S. military spending.

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Boeing
9:01 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Japan: Probe Of Battery Fire On Boeing 787 Finds Improper Wiring

The first Boeing 787-881 Dreamliner delivered to All Nippon Airlines.
Keith Draycott FlickrVision

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 10:33 am

Two reports on troubles with lithium ion batteries aboard Boeing's 787 Dreamliner:

In Japan, where a battery on an All Nippon Airlines 787 overheated and began smoking on Jan. 16, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing, the Transport Ministry released a report Wednesday saying it found that the battery in question had been improperly wired.

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Boeing
11:07 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

SPEEA Split: Boeing engineers OK pact, technical workers say no

A pair of ballots are dropped at the headquarters of the union for Boeing Co.'s engineers and technical workers on Tuesday.
Elaine Thompson AP

It's a split decision from the union representing Boeing Co.'s engineers and technical workers.

The engineers voted Tuesday to accept the aerospace company's four-year contract offer while technical workers rejected it and authorized a future strike.

Bill Dugovich of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace says the votes mean the new contract for the 15,550 engineers is in place.

He says negotiators hope to resume contract talks soon on behalf of the 7,400 technical workers.

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Business
5:00 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Boeing engineers' union to tally strike authorization vote

Ashley Gross KPLU

Boeing is facing the specter of a possible engineers’ strike even as the company races to get the 787 Dreamliner back in the air. Tonight, the engineers’ union will tally votes to see whether members have rejected the contract and authorized a strike.

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Business
3:51 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Boeing's Dreamliner woes will likely dominate aerospace conference

The problems surrounding Boeing’s flagship 787 Dreamliner are likely to dominate an annual aerospace conference taking place north of Seattle this week.

The conference will draw about 400 people from airplane manufacturers, suppliers and airlines. Conference topics include biofuels, airplane interiors and the health of the airline industry.

But the issue looming over the entire meeting will be how long it will take to fix the Dreamliner’s batteries and get the plane back in the air for passengers.

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Business
3:47 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

How can Boeing make the 787's lithium-ion batteries safer?

Airbus may back away from using lithium-ion batteries on its next generation plane. Does that mean Boeing needs to do the same on its Dreamliner? Not necessarily, according to an expert at MIT.

Boeing has hundreds of people working overtime to figure out why the lithium-ion batteries on its Dreamliner are more prone to smoke or fire than the company had thought.

Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel says the company has used lithium-ion batteries in satellites for almost a decade and that they made the most sense for the fuel-efficient, light-weight 787.

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Boeing
10:45 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Do Boeing engineers have enough leverage to strike?

A Boeing 787 under construction in the Everett plant last September.
Ashley Gross KPLU

Listen to the story

  Boeing engineers in the Pacific Northwest are voting on whether to authorize a strike. The labor dispute is playing out against a dramatic backdrop.

The engineers are needed now more than ever to help fix the batteries on Boeing's flagship 787 Dreamliner.

Business
2:20 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Boeing engineers and technicians to vote on strike authorization

'No nerds, no birds' is one of the slogans of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace
Ashley Gross KPLU

About 21,000 Boeing engineers and technicians will vote on whether to authorize a strike. The threat of a walkout comes at a bad time for Boeing as the company tries to fix its 787 Dreamliner.

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