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December 9, 2011 | By James Oliphant
The National Labor Relations Board dropped its much-disparaged action against Boeing Co. on Friday, a move praised by Republicans as overdue but one that deprives the GOP of one of its most reliable talking points in its criticism of the Obama administration. The NLRB filed a complaint against Boeing in March accusing the aerospace company of establishing a nonunion production line in South Carolina in retaliation against union workers in Washington state for past strikes. The machinists union entered into a new four-year contract extension with Boeing earlier this week and, as part of the deal, agreed to withdraw its unfair labor practices charge against the company.
October 2, 2009 | Associated Press
Northrop Grumman Corp. beat out rival Boeing Co. for a $3.8-billion deal to provide logistics services for a fleet of KC-10 aerial refueling tankers, the Pentagon said Thursday. Boeing, based in Chicago, builds the KC-10 and currently holds the current service contract for the plane, which is set to expire in January. It has been providing 24-hour service seven days a week on the aircraft since 1998. Boeing expressed disappointment over the Air Force's selection, saying it would review the decision before taking any further action.
October 15, 2009 | W.J. Hennigan
When Boeing Co. unveiled plans to build the 787 Dreamliner, the aircraft was touted as revolutionary, a major technological shift in the way a plane is made and in the way it operates. But revolutions rarely come without a struggle. The 787 is now more than two years behind schedule and by some estimates is costing Boeing $4 billion more to develop than planned. The troubled jetliner has also set back other Boeing projects, analysts say, and has left some suppliers financially strapped.
October 23, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
The gig: As vice president and general manager of Boeing Co.'s space and intelligence systems, Craig R. Cooning, 60, leads one of the world's largest satellite operations with major facilities in El Segundo and Seal Beach. A retired Air Force two-star general who oversaw military purchases of rockets and satellites, Cooning now oversees 6,400 employees, including workers at Boeing's 1 million-square-foot facility in El Segundo near Los Angeles International Airport. It is there that the company builds school bus-size satellites that provide the military with high-definition video, radio communications and data services.
December 23, 2009 | By Dominic Gates
Despite Boeing's strenuous efforts to reduce the 787 Dreamliner's weight, the plane weighed more than expected when it first rolled out two years ago. Days before the plane's maiden flight last week, Boeing published a document for airlines that suggests to some weight-watching industry analysts that the 787 still exceeds its original target weight by a few tons. Airlines have ordered 840 of the pioneering composite-plastic planes based on Boeing's projections for its range, payload and fuel efficiency -- all reduced by added weight.
April 26, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Boeing Co.'s profit soared 58% in its first quarter as it built more efficient planes for airlines struggling with high fuel costs. The Chicago company earned $923 million, or $1.22 a share, compared with $586 million, or 78 cents, during the same period a year earlier. Its revenue boomed 30% to $19.4 billion. Boeing said it delivered 137 commercial planes during the quarter, and it has orders to build more than 4,000 others valued at a record $308 billion. The aircraft maker said it has more than 300 orders for its new fuel-efficient 737 Max jetliner.
December 14, 2011 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Amid rising airfares and growing airline traffic, Southwest Airlines announced an order of 150 new Boeing jets that are designed to be up to 18% more fuel efficient than many of the older planes being replaced. The order of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft combined with a previous Southwest requisition of 200 new jetliners amounts to the largest plane order in Boeing history. The Dallas airline will be the first to take shipment of the 737 MAX, a narrow-body plane with a larger, quieter and more fuel-efficient engine than older models.
July 6, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
The type of aircraft flown by Asiana Airlines that crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday has long been regarded as one of the safest passenger jets ever developed. Since Boeing rolled out its first 777 to a huge crowd at its manufacturing facility in Everett, Wash., in 1994, more than 1,100 have been built and only one had been in a major accident, with no fatalities. On Saturday, Asiana Flight 214 from Seoul, South Korea, crashed after touching down on Runway 28, killing at least two passengers and injuring dozens of others.
January 31, 2011 | By Dominic Gates
Confirming preliminary reports from September, a World Trade Organization ruling released Monday found Boeing Co. guilty of receiving illegal subsidies. But the amount of the illegal subsidies cited was a fraction of the amount reported in a parallel WTO ruling last year against Airbus, Boeing's main competitor. "The United States is confident that the WTO will confirm the U.S. view that European subsidies to Airbus dwarf any subsidies that the United States provided to Boeing," U.S. Trade Representative spokeswoman Nefeterius McPherson said.
July 16, 2013 | By Victoria Kim and Kate Mather, This post has been corrected. Please see details below.
Eighty-three of the passengers who were on Asiana Airlines Flight 214 that crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport took steps to sue the aircraft's manufacturer, Boeing, a law firm representing the passengers announced Tuesday. A petition beginning a lawsuit has been filed in Chicago, where Boeing is headquartered, according to a press release from the firm, Chicago-based Ribbeck Law Chartered. Papers will be filed in the coming days against Asiana Airlines and component part manufacturers, attorneys said.
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