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Boeing Blog

Seattle Times aerospace reporter Dominic Gates covers top industry events to bring you the latest news, highlighting how it impacts Boeing and its competitors.

Category: Export-Import Bank
July 16, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Behind the scenes at Farnborough, Boeing lobbies to save the Ex-Im Bank

Tim Keating, Boeing’s chief political operator in the halls of Congress, this week is frequenting the company chalet at the Farnborough Air Show and the related aviation industry dinners and receptions in central London.

He’s offering reassurance to Boeing’s foreign airline customers, some of whom are worried that the controversy in Congress around the Export-Import Bank could end the financing they need to buy jets. And he’s hosting the many U.S. political delegations here as part of Boeing’s intense lobbying effort to save the bank, whose authority to operate expires in September.

Tim Keating, Boeing senior vice president of Government Operations  (company photo)

Tim Keating, Boeing senior vice president of Government Operations (company photo)

In an interview at the Air Show, Keating sharply blamed the Tea Party movement within the Republican party for the current impasse.

His message to the visiting U.S. politicians is to listen to their own stump speeches, where a constant refrain is: “We want to grow jobs in the U.S. We want to grow manufacturing in the U.S.”

“We are what America should be: manufactured here and sold overseas,” Keating said of Boeing.

He warned that killing the Ex-Im Bank “is a policy that would actually punish companies that choose to build in the United States.”

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Comments | Topics: Airbus, Boeing, Export-Import Bank

July 13, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Farnborough 2014: Boeing chief talks A330neo, Ex-Im Bank and a new MAX

On the eve of the Farnborough Air Show in London, Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief Ray Conner announced a new high-density version of the forthcoming 737 MAX family, something long requested by leading 737 customer Ryanair.

He also talked down the threat from the expected announcement by Airbus Monday that it will launch an update of its A330 mid-size twinjet with new fuel-efficient engines.

And Conner flatly rejected any compromise in the current political controversy over the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

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Comments | Topics: 737 MAX, A330neo, Airbus


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