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July 15, 2014 at 7:49 AM

Deals of the day, sealed with a kiss

The biggest deal announced on Day 2 of the  Air Show came from AirAsia, whose ebullient CEO Tony Fernandes agreed to a $13 billion order for Airbus’s A330neo. As Bloomberg News described it: Business reserve gave way to raw emotion when AirAsia Bhd. signed Airbus’s biggest deal yet at this year’s Farnborough Air Show, with the executives…

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July 14, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Deals of the day

Boeing has won over Airbus operator Monarch Airlines, which today announced it is working on a purchase agreement for 30 737 MAX 8s. When finalized, the order “marking the start of a fleet transition for Monarch to Boeing single-aisle airplanes” will be worth $3.1 billion at list priced, the companies said.   As Airbus unveiled plans…

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July 14, 2014 at 6:28 AM

New aerospace work here: Flight-testing the MRJ

Engines from Pratt & Whitney are mounted on MRJ’s first flight-test aircraft, shown last month in Nagoya, Japan. Japan’s Mitsubishi Aircraft will create a flight test center at Moses Lake for its new Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), bringing dozens of pilots, engineers and technicians to the Central Washington town. Grant County International Airport, an Air Force…

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July 13, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Air Show tidbits: F-35, CSeries, Russians

In other news ahead of Monday’s formal start of the Farnborough Air Show: Organizers of the Air Show said Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter won’t be appearing at the show Monday. An engine fire last month temporarily grounded the entire F-53 fleet.  “The aircraft is still awaiting US DoD clearance but we are hopeful that it…

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January 3, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Long lines in Everett as Machinists cast their vote

Machinists have been standing in line for hours to vote in Everett today, unlike November when the lines moved quickly. With only two volunteers stationed at computers inside the union hall to ensure machinists are eligible to vote, the line has weaved out the door and through the parking lot all afternoon. Those who received their eligibility…

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January 3, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Some Machinists changing their vote, some standing firm

If Nancy Stapleton is any indication, Boeing has made some inroads with Machinists in its latest contract offer. Stapleton, 60, of Kent, voted “yes” Friday at the Machinists union hall in Renton, after voting “no” to Boeing’s initial offer in November. She said she was encouraged that the company backed away from a proposed change in…

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January 3, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Nation’s media look at Machinist vote

National media outlets are looking at Friday’s vote by District 751 Machinists through a variety of lenses. Here’s some of the coverage: The Wall Street Journal notes that while Boeing delivered more than 90 of its highly profitable twin-aisle 777s last year, “Production of those current models is expected to be phased out gradually once Boeing…

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January 3, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Machinists voting in Renton underscore union’s divisions

Machinists slowly trickled in at the Renton union hall early in the cold morning; the flow increased at around 7:30 am during a shift break at the Boeing plant nearby. The tension surrounding the vote was evident: Some machinists openly criticized those who might change their mind to strike a deal with the company. Many refused…

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January 3, 2014 at 6:34 AM

After two tumultuous months, the vote

Today’s vote by District 751 Machinists — the workers who build Boeing’s airplanes around the Puget Sound — is the culmination of two frenetic months of talks, ultimatums, and debates. As its price for a commitment to building the 777X here, Boeing says it wants an extended period of labor peace and some significant concessions in…

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