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UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 2, 2019

WTO panel: EU fails to end illegal subsidies for Airbus

A World Trade Organization panel has ruled the European Union has not complied with an order to end illegal subsidies for European plane maker Airbus that prompted the Trump administration …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

Kent-based aerospace supplier Exotic Metals acquired for $1.7 billion

Exotic Metals Forming, a privately owned aerospace supplier headquartered in Kent with about 1,400 employees in Washington state, including Airway Heights, will be acquired for $1.7 billion in cash by …


The Dirt: Exotic Metals submits plans for Airway Heights expansion

Exotic Metals Forming LLC has submitted development plans for future expansion on the West Plains.


Exotic Metals submits plans for Airway Heights expansion

Exotic Metals Forming LLC has submitted development plans for future expansion on the West Plains.


If Boeing builds new jetliner in Washington, Spokane manufacturers would benefit, leaders say

If Boeing builds a new, mid-sized airplane in Washington, Spokane could land more high-paying jobs in aerospace manufacturing.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018

State asks expert: How competitive are we for landing new Boeing jetliner?

State asking national aerospace expert to see how competitive Washington is for being the place where Boeing’s next plane will be built.


New magazine gives loft to region’s aerospace manufacturers

The Northwest is home to more than 2,000 such manufacturers, which make up a critical but behind-the-scenes part of the region’s economy. A new trade magazine, launched from Spokane Valley, …


Washington’s aerospace director leaving, citing budget cuts

The director of the state Commerce Department’s aerospace sector is leaving for another job after drastic cuts in June to the state’s economic-development budget.


Gov. Inslee set to travel to Switzerland, Germany and Italy

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee leaves next week for an 11-day trip to Switzerland, Germany and Italy to talk about apprenticeships, aerospace and climate.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017

Triumph Group will keep Spokane factory; sale plans abandoned

Triumph Group no longer plans to sell its West Plains aircraft parts factory. About 600 people work at the Spokane plant, which produces floor panels and ducting for airplanes.


UPDATED: Thu., June 1, 2017

Aerospace manufacturing a high-wage, growth industry for Spokane area

Over the next 20 years, about 40,000 new airplanes will be needed to keep pace with global demand for air travel. Local aerospace manufacturers are vying for part of that …


Boeing halts test flights of new plane over engine issue

Boeing is suspending test flights of a new commercial airplane because of possible problems with a key engine part.


Boeing’s sales fall as company delivers fewest jets since 2014

Boeing’s sales slumped as the U.S. planemaker delivered the fewest jetliners in three years, ahead of the impending debut of a new version of the company’s best-selling plane.


UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017

Boeing makes billion-dollar bet on the 747 hauling cargo

Boeing has a temporary plan to save the iconic but slow-selling 747 jumbo jetliner: buying its own planes and leasing them to cargo haulers.


Boeing’s plan for bigger 737 MAX meets with industry doubts

Boeing said Monday it expects to launch a new larger variant of the 737 MAX family, the MAX 10, by year-end.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017

French aerospace deal includes Zodiac plant in Newport

French aerospace manufacturing giant Safran’s $9 billion deal to acquire compatriot aircraft interiors company Zodiac includes a string of Zodiac subsidiaries in Washington state. Zodiac operates plants making cabin interiors …


Boeing plans buyouts, layoffs for engineers in first of three cuts for 2017

Boeing announced internally on Tuesday a new round of employee buyouts for engineers company-wide and warned that layoff notices will follow later this month to engineers in Washington state, where …


Airbus secures Iran Air deal with list price of $18 billion

Airbus and Iran Air finalized Thursday a deal for 100 planes worth more than $18 billion dollars at list prices – a contract that’s potentially a big boost for Iran’s …


Supersonic passenger planes may begin test flights in 2017

The time it takes to fly from New York to London may be cut by more than half if Virgin Group founder Richard Branson and a Denver startup create a …


United reviews $12.4 billion Airbus jet order in fleet revamp

United Continental is weighing whether to alter a $12.4 billion order for Airbus Group’s largest twin-engine jets and is studying a swap of Boeing’s smallest 737 for a longer version …


Airbus plans 1,100 job cuts as it consolidates

Airbus wants to cut more than 1,100 jobs across Europe as it consolidates its activities and seeks to better compete with U.S. rival Boeing and others amid growing global demand …


Supersonic jet startup Spike Aerospace eyeing Spokane for manufacturing

A Boston company is eyeing Spokane as a location to manufacture a supersonic jet now in the early stages of development, a move that could create hundreds of high-paying jobs.


WTO says Boeing offered illegal tax breaks by Washington Legislature

A World Trade Organization panel on Monday ruled that Washington state offered billions in illegal tax breaks to plane maker Boeing, and that the U.S. government must take action to …


Triumph to sell West Plains airplane parts factory

Triumph Group intends to sell its aircraft parts factory on the West Plains amid a companywide retrenching that has resulted in plant closures and consolidations across the country.


UPS order gives huge boost to Boeing 747

UPS announced it has ordered 14 Boeing 747-8 cargo freighters and took an option for another 14.


Boeing has a banner 3Q and sees more of the same ahead

Boeing’s third-quarter profit rose 34 percent on lower taxes, and the company raised its forecast for 2016 earnings, revenue and airplane deliveries.


Boeing warns 180 employees of pending layoffs

Boeing issued advance layoff notices Friday to 180 employees companywide. The layoffs are to take effect in mid-December, just ahead of the Christmas break at Boeing.


Boeing announces $6 million in grants for science, math

Boeing is awarding $6 million in grants to more than 50 nonprofit organizations and education institutions across Washington state to help train the next generation of aerospace, science and technology …


Boeing’s struggle with 777 assembly robots adds to Everett production snarl

Production of Boeing’s large 777 twinjet in Everett is significantly backed up, with incomplete jobs on each aircraft forcing catch-up work, some of which is being finished only after the …


World’s largest aircraft damaged on 2nd test flight

The developer of the world’s largest aircraft says the blimp-shaped airship sustained damage after it made a bumpy landing Wednesday on its second test flight in eastern England.