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November 5, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced a special session of the state legislature to approve a multifaceted incentive package that would ensure Boeing Co. will build its new 777 commercial jet in the state. Over the last several weeks, rumors have swirled in the aerospace industry about where thousands of workers would build the next-generation version of the plane, dubbed 777X, and its massive carbon fiber wing over the next several decades.   The special session beginning Thursday centers around approving a plan that guarantees 777 manufacturing will remain in the Puget Sound region.
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October 28, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Dozens of people with handfuls of confetti quietly crowded into the front room of Elinor Otto's family home, waiting to surprise the birthday girl. The Boeing "Rosie the Riveter," who turned 94 on Monday, stepped through the door, open-mouthed, to choruses of “Surprise!” and “Happy birthday!” as loved ones feted her at a weekend party in Long Beach. Lt. Col. Bob Friend , a 93-year-old Tuskegee Airman, presented Otto with a rose corsage as she pointed to familiar faces shouting, “Oh!
BUSINESS
October 18, 2013 | Bloomberg News
A former Boeing Co. procurement officer and three other people were indicted by a federal grand jury and accused of engaging in a bribery and kickback scheme, a federal prosecutor said. The ex-procurement officer allegedly leaked nonpublic information to bidders for contracts on military aircraft parts in exchange for cash, the office of U.S. Atty. Richard Callahan in St. Louis said in a statement. The grand jury indicted former Boeing executive Deon Anderson; Jeffrey Lavelle, who owned Everett, Wash., bidder J.L. Manufacturing; and an outside consultant for J.L., Robert Diaz.
BUSINESS
October 7, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
In a blow to Boeing Co., Japan Airlines on Monday announced it has ordered 31 jets from Boeing's competitor, Airbus, in a deal worth $9.5 billion. It's the first order of Airbus jets for Japan Airlines and gives the European firm a huge foothold in the Japanese aviation market, largely dominated by jets from U.S.-based Boeing. "We sincerely welcome Japan Airlines as a new Airbus customer and feel honored by this first-ever order from Japan for our all-new A350 XWB,” said Fabrice Bregier, chief executive of Airbus.
BUSINESS
September 18, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan and Samantha Schaefer
Aerospace giant Boeing Co. announced plans to close its sprawling Long Beach plant and eliminate thousands of assembly-line jobs where the hulking C-17 cargo plane is built. The plant is one of the last vestiges of an era in which aviation and aerospace helped build Southern California's middle class, and it was a major employer in Long Beach for decades. The announcement Wednesday came just a week after Boeing delivered its 223rd and final C-17 to the Air Force. It has a few foreign orders to fill, but company officials have decided to shut down the assembly line for good in 2015.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Aerospace giant Boeing Co., which for years has been cutting its workforce in Southern California, announced that the work performed by 375 people in the Puget Sound region around Seattle is being moved to Long Beach over the next 18 months. Tim Copes, the company's vice president of commercial aviation fleet services, wrote in a note to employees Thursday that the business of modifying Boeing's commercial airplanes will gradually shift to the Southland. Boeing said it did not know exactly how many jobs the shift from the Seattle area would mean for Southern California yet, but it is the second big announcement this year by the company involving the facility located near Long Beach Airport.
BUSINESS
July 24, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Aerospace giant Boeing Co. posted a larger-than-expected 13% jump in second-quarter profit that was driven by higher deliveries of passenger jets. But in a conference call with analysts, Boeing Chief Executive James McNerney warned that federal money held back under sequestration budget cuts could have consequences in the future on its defense, space and security business unit, which is spread throughout Southern California. "We've seen some impact of sequestration, but we have not begun to see most of it yet," McNerney said.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
The Federal Aviation Administration is developing a plan requiring airlines to inspect the emergency devices on their Boeing 787 Dreamliners after a fire erupted on the plane last week while it was parked at London's Heathrow Airport. On Friday the agency said these mandatory inspections “would ask operators to inspect for proper wire routing and any signs of wire damage or pinching, as well as inspect the battery compartment for unusual signs of heating or moisture.” The FAA plan is not expected to ground the worldwide 787 fleet, as happened earlier this year.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
British accident investigators determined that an emergency device was probably responsible for the fire that broke out last week on an empty Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner parked at London's Heathrow Airport and advised airlines to disable it on all planes. In addition, Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch issued a “special bulletin” Thursday urging U.S. regulators to conduct an extensive safety review. The Federal Aviation Administration will now have to decide what to do about the device, which is installed on the worldwide problem-plagued 787 fleet and thousands of other commercial airplanes.
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