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Boeing Co. has applied for a license from the Federal Communications Commission to launch and operate a network of thousands of satellites, joining companies such as SpaceX and OneWeb in the new race to build constellations for broadband internet access.
The Boeing Co. is reportedly taking steps to eliminate 10 percent of its workforce in Washington state.
Boeing reported a better-than-expected first-quarter profit even as it scrambled to fix its grounded 787. The company said on Wednesday that deliveries of the 787 should resume in early May. Most of the 50 planes that have been delivered to airlines will be fixed by the middle of the month, Chairman and CEO Jim McNerney said on the company’s quarterly earnings conference call.
Boeing said it has finished more than half of the testing on its proposed battery fix for the 787, with the rest of the ground and flight tests coming in the next several days. The test results so far have been in line with the testing Boeing did when it was developing the fix, spokesman Marc Birtel said on Wednesday.
SEATTLE – Boeing on Wednesday instructed a small team of top machinists at its Auburn parts plant to begin building new, high-strength containment boxes for the lithium-ion batteries on its 787s as part of a redesign intended to get the planes flying again as soon as April. An Auburn insider said the company ordered 200 such boxes, with the first 100 to be ready by March 18.
SEATTLE – Boeing will propose to regulators, perhaps this week, a short-term fix to bolster the 787 Dreamliner’s defenses in case of battery fires like those that have kept the jet grounded the past month. The goal is to get the planes flying again, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the matter, while Boeing works on a comprehensive redesign of the lithium-ion battery system that could take nine months or longer to implement.
SEATTLE – Boeing Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney jolted listeners on a morning conference call Wednesday when he said the planned revamp of the 737 single-aisle jet with a new engine won’t necessarily be built in Renton, Wash., or in the state’s Puget Sound region. Immediately afterward, Boeing public relations staff scrambled to soften the impact of that suggestion.
SEATTLE – To meet booming demand for single-aisle jets worldwide, Boeing announced Wednesday that it plans to step up production of its Renton, Wash.,-built 737 to 42 planes per month by the first half of 2014. That’s an unprecedented production rate for a Boeing airliner – an average of two 737s each workday and nearly 500 airplanes a year.
LOS ANGELES — A sleek, delta-winged robotic jet took to the skies for the first time above the Mojave Desert at Edwards Air Force Base. Boeing Co.’s experimental drone, dubbed Phantom Ray, flew to 7,500 feet and reached speeds of 205 mph in its first flight. The 17-minute flight took place April 27, but Boeing officials did not confirm details until Tuesday.
Despite the celebrating that has taken place since Boeing was declared the winner in the Air Force’s New Tanker Sweepstakes, it may be wise not to start adding all those jobs and money into the state’s moribund economy just yet. After all, the new tanker project has the qualities of a reverse vampire – very hard to bring to life, and easy to kill. Before the Pentagon’s announcement Thursday, the smart money, if there is such a thing in this long-running saga to replace the venerable KC-135, was actually on European Aerospace Defence and Space Inc.
Thousands of Boeing Co. employees and suppliers, and only a touch fewer politicians, took a collective victory lap Thursday after the Pentagon made the 767 its choice for a new generation of U.S. Air Force tankers. The decision was a surprise to many, including partisans of the competing bid from the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. – EADS.
After a decade of delays and embarrassing missteps, the Air Force is poised to award one of the biggest contracts in military history — a $35 billion deal to build nearly 200 giant airborne refueling tankers — to either Chicago-based Boeing Co. or European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company.
The U.S. Air Force may make its final final decision on the next generation of tanker as soon as next month. But Congress may have the final final final word.
The nation’s nine-year debate on how to replace Air Force tankers became a talking point in two places Tuesday: the floor of the U.S. Senate and the campaign trail in Washington state. U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell of Washington co-sponsored an amendment to next year’s defense authorization bill that could have banned European-based Airbus from getting a $35 billion contract to build the first round of replacements for the aging KC-135s. That could have sealed the deal for Boeing to replace aerial refueling tankers like the ones flown at Fairchild Air Force Base.
GENEVA – European officials claimed Wednesday that a preliminary decision by the world’s top trade court found that aid to U.S. aircraft maker Boeing violated international rules, leading to the prospect that the Chicago-based plane maker may have to forgo or even pay back billions in subsidies. France’s transport and environment ministers said the confidential World Trade Organization ruling delivered to U.S. and EU officials in Geneva “condemns massive subsidies to Boeing that violate WTO rules.”
Boeing Co. postponed the delivery of its first 787 to the middle of the first quarter of 2011, compounding a string of delays for the jetliner that is already more than two years past its original scheduled debut.
Boeing submitted its bid today for the Air Force’s $35 billion refueling jet contract as the military tries once again to pick a winner for the troubled program after several failed attempts. Boeing will compete against the North American branch of the European aerospace company EADS, which put in its own bid late Thursday.
When Boeing introduces a new airplane, the first examples out the factory door usually wear the liveries of U.S. airlines. With the 747, the colors were from the now-defunct Pan-American Airlines. With the 777, the United Airlines logo featured prominently.
Boeing Co. will try for the third time to get a tanker based on its 767 in the hands of U.S. Air Force pilots before the KC-135s parked at Fairchild Air Force Base collapse in place. The company announcement Thursday was no surprise. Consensus opinion on an Air Force request for proposals released last month says the Boeing airplane fits better than a potential competitor based on the A330, an Airbus airframe that would be assembled in Mobile, Ala., by a Northrop Grumman Corp.-led consortium.