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History
2:45 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

A Tour Of Paine Field, The Almost 'Super Airport'

Paine Field in Everett was originally built as a Depression-era project.
Flickr Photo/Andrew W. Sieber

Ross Reynolds speaks with Dave Waggoner, who's  leaving as airport director at Paine Field in Everett after 22 years on the job.

Paine Field was a Depression-era project as part of the Works Progress administration. It was believed at the time that it would be a "super airport." Although Sea-Tac has turned into Western Washington's super airport, Paine Field actually generates more economic activity.  

Aerospace
11:05 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Alaska Airlines Schedules More Rescue Flights From Mexico

Passengers board an Alaska Airlines jet on the hurricane-hit Baja Peninsula.

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 8:17 am

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines plans to launch five more jets Friday to evacuate American vacationers from Los Cabos, Mexico.

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Space
8:37 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Boeing And SpaceX Win Bid To Become Space Taxis

NASA announced the winners of its hotly-contested contract to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

Boeing was the big winner.

The company's space unit will be paid more than four billion dollars to deliver and certify its Crew Space Transportation Capsule.

A little over half that will be paid to Boeing's competitor Space X for its own version, called the Dragon.

Mike Fincke is a former International Space Station crew member.

At a news conference Tuesday, Fincke said having two competing capsules will be good for crew safety.

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Aerospace
9:38 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Boeing's New Dreamliner To Be Built Solely In South Carolina

The production line at a Boeing facility.
Credit Courtesy/Boeing Company

South Carolina has won the exclusive right to build the 787-10, the longest version yet of the Dreamliner. The decision means South Carolina will make as many Dreamliners as Washington state does by the end of the decade.

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Malaysia Airlines Flight
3:56 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Train Carrying MH17 Victims' Remains Arrives In Government-Controlled City

Police officers secure a refrigerated train loaded with bodies of the passengers of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 as it arrives in a Kharkiv factory on Tuesday.
Olga Ivashchenko AP

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 6:03 am

A refrigerated train carrying the remains of the people who died aboard the downed Malaysia Airlines plane arrived in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Tuesday. That's a city controlled by the central government in Kiev and 17 hours away from the chaos of Hrabove, the eastern city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, where the debris and remains were scattered.

The New York Times sets the scene:

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Flight
7:51 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Moses Lake Selected As Test Flight Location For Mitsubishi Regional Jet

Japan-based Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has announced plans to test its new regional jet in Moses Lake, Washington.

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 3:02 pm

It won’t just be Boeing jetliners flying lumbering test patterns over Moses Lake, Washington. Japan-based Mitsubishi Aircraft announced Monday it has selected Grant County International Airport as its U.S. test flight center to test its new 70 to 90 passenger regional jet. The test flights could start in the fall of 2015.

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Up In The Air
10:40 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Delta's New Seattle Hub Could Lead To Lower Airfares

Port of Seattle fire trucks salute a Delta Airbus A330 as it departs for Hong Kong on Monday.

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 11:00 am

Can two airlines be partners and rivals at the same time? Seattle-based Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines are long-term contractual allies. But now the relationship is being tested.

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Climate Change
3:11 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Boeing Focuses On Fuel Efficiency In Light Of Coming Climate Rules

A leading plane manufacturer invests in ETS Aviation, which helps airlines respond to regulatory pressure over carbon emissions
Flickr Photo/Chuck Taylor

Boeing is buying a software company that it says will make planes more fuel efficient.

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Boeing
11:14 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Federal Aviation Administration Rapped For Dreamliner Battery Fires

During the 2013 battery crisis, a 787 parked at Boeing's Everett delivery center, waiting for FAA certification
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

The Federal Aviation Administration failed to properly test the lithium ion batteries on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report released on Wednesday. The report said that the FAA relied too much on Boeing for technical expertise.

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International Trade
2:52 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Aviation Consultant: WTO Trade Rules Are 'Toothless'

Credit Flickr Photo/Andrew W. Sieber (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Scott Hamilton, an aviation consultant from the Leeham company, about the European Union's potential challenge to Boeing's tax breaks and what that says about trade rules and international business.

Aerospace
9:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Boeing's 'Terrible Teens' Cut Into Profit, Tax Revenue

Stan Sorscher of SPEEA observing the undelivered Boeing 787s at Paine Field.
Credit KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Boeing says it will have to wait until sometime in 2016 to turn a profit on the 787 Dreamliners line.

By that time, the aerospace says developing the game-changing plane will cost the company more than $25 billion. There was a time when Boeing thought it would take $5 billion to develop the new plane.

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Labor & Unions
2:50 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

What Boeing Contract Extension Means For Organized Labor Nationally

Boeing machinists in Everett waited two and half hours in line to cast their vote on the contract extension on Friday.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Ross Reynolds talks with University of Puget Sound sociology professor Leon Grunberg about the larger implications for organized labor following Friday's vote to approve a contract extension between Boeing and local machinists.

Contract Vote
10:41 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Machinists Vote To Accept Offer: 51 Percent Say Yes

Boeing machinists line up in Everett to vote on a contract offer Friday.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

The Machinists have spoken, and the vote was 51 percent in favor of the contract extension.

After a nail-biter day of tense waiting, Machinist local Chief of Staff Jim Bearden announced the results to a small crowd of reporters gathered at the union’s Renton headquarters, as union members learned the same news next door.

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Boeing
2:45 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Local Machinists Vote Today On Boeing Contract

A truck outside the Boeing union rally on Thursday night.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Marcie Sillman checks in with KUOW reporter Joshua McNichols at the scene of the machinist vote and David Hyde talks with New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse about the implications of this vote for labor and the future of Boeing.

Labor
11:08 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Future In Balance: Boeing Machinists Prepare To Vote Again

The local union posted this image of machinists opposed to Boeing's contract. The machinists are scheduled to vote on the contract at 8 p.m. on Friday.
Credit IAM District 751’s Facebook page

Boeing machinists will vote Friday evening on a contract for the second time, and this time, the aerospace giant has made it clear that a yes vote guarantees Washington will keep production of the 777X in state.

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