February 24, 2011 |
After a decade of embarrassing missteps and disputes, the Pentagon handed the first phase of a job-rich $35-billion contract to Chicago-based Boeing Co. to build a fleet of 179 aerial refueling tankers that carries the promise of work for an estimated 50,000 aerospace employees. In an announcement that took industry experts by surprise, word came down late Thursday that Boeing had bested archrival Airbus and its parent company European Aeronautic Defense & Space Co., or EADS to build 18 planes for $3.5 billion.
February 25, 1986
Boeing Co. announced that its president, Frank Shrontz, 55, will take on additional duties as chief executive April 28, the date of the Seattle-based company's annual meeting. He will succeed T. A. Wilson, who will remain chairman. Wilson turned 65 this month. Shrontz, who has been with Boeing since 1958, except for stints as assistant secretary of the Air Force and assistant secretary of defense from 1973 to 1976, was named president a year ago.
August 15, 2009 |
Boeing says it has halted production of large fuselage sections for the 787 Dreamliner, the latest problem for a delay-plagued airplane that the aerospace giant is counting on to be its next big moneymaker. Analysts have described the design of the 787 as revolutionary, due in large part to the use of advanced composite materials aimed at making the plane lighter and more fuel-efficient. But the design, coupled with a production shift that relies heavily on outside vendors, has put the 787 nearly two years behind schedule.
November 12, 2009 |
After struggling for nearly 15 years to prop up an unusual way to launch satellites into space, Boeing Co. is expected to throw in the towel and walk away from its stake in Long Beach-based Sea Launch Co. Kjell Karlsen, Sea Launch president, said Wednesday that Boeing was likely to have little or no ownership position in the rocket launch company after it emerges from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Court reorganization early next year. "Based on what Boeing has said to us, I don't expect them to commit any more capital to this venture," Karlsen said.
December 16, 2006
Re "Boeing says runoff rules too strict," Dec. 12 Could Boeing possibly come up with any better way to flaunt its irresponsibility than by requesting a relaxation of runoff limits? And if the State Water Resources Control Board grants an amendment to Boeing's permit, then we can add the board to the list of environmental slackers that have no doubt seen the warning signs of industrial waste -- waters too polluted to swim in, cancers, groundwater contamination -- and made a conscious decision to bend to business interests instead of the safety of local inhabitants and the land.
June 25, 2008 |
Boeing Co. said it was changing its retirement program for new, nonunion workers, replacing its traditional pension plan with one that's similar to a 401(k) plan. The new program, to be introduced Jan. 1, won't affect the more than 525,000 current or former employees or retirees already in the company's existing plans, the Chicago airplane manufacturer said.
December 16, 2004
Re "Transatlantic Dogfight," Editorial, Dec. 10: Considering that the subsidies Airbus receives are obviously designed to destroy Boeing's -- and with it, the U.S.' -- capability to compete in the commercial aircraft market, I find it unbelievable that the Pentagon would even dream of considering Airbus for its aerial tanker fleet. Frank J. Baumann Pasadena
February 14, 2012 |
Chicago-based Boeing Co. finalized what it calls a historic order for 230 aircraft worth $22.4 billion. Lion Air of Indonesia ordered 201 of the Boeing 737 Max planes and 29 next-generation 737-900ERs. The deal also includes purchase rights for an additional 150 airplanes. The order is the largest commercial airplane deal ever for Boeing, measured by both dollar value and total number of airplanes. Lion Air will be the first airline in Asia to fly the 737 Max and the first in the world to take delivery of the 737 Max-900.
November 15, 2008 |
Boeing Co. said it was delaying deliveries of its 747-8 freighter and intercontinental airplanes because of design changes, limited engineering resources and an eight-week strike that shut the company's factories. The Chicago-based aerospace firm said the first freighters now would be delivered in the third quarter of 2010 instead of in late 2009, as previously planned. The first passenger planes will be delivered in the second quarter of 2011, rather than in late 2010. Separately, Boeing reached a tentative settlement on a four-year contract covering nearly 21,000 engineers, scientists and technical workers after talks that were delayed by a machinists union strike.
April 8, 1993
Furon Co. said Wednesday that Boeing Co. in Seattle has awarded it two five-year contracts, valued at more than $14 million, to provide specialized aircraft parts. Furon, based in Laguna Niguel, makes rubber and plastic parts for other manufacturers. Under the new agreements, Furon will supply duct assemblies for Boeing's 737, 747, 757 and 767 models. The ducts are used in environmental control systems, which provide heating and air conditioning inside the planes.