Analyst Skeptical About Boeing Iran Air Agreement

Jun 21, 2016

It's been a rumor for months, but Tuesday Boeing has officially confirmed that it has signed a deal to sell jets to Iran. Boeing says the agreement with Iran Air "expresses the airline's intent" to buy its aircraft.

When apparent Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump did a pre-primary campaign swing through the Northwest last weekend, he hopped between Eugene, Spokane and Bellingham aboard a Boeing 757 emblazoned with the word TRUMP in capital letters.

Iran and Boeing go way back. Boeing was the largest supplier of civilian aircraft to Iran before the country's 1979 Islamic revolution. And despite the fraught relations between the U.S. and Iran since then, Iran has kept flying those planes for decades.

As part of the recent Iranian nuclear deal and the lifting of sanctions, Boeing is once again permitted to sell planes to the Islamic Republic. And Iran desperately wants to start replacing its fleet of aging, worn-out commercial aircraft.

The Boeing Company's unmanned aircraft subsidiary based in the Columbia River Gorge passed a milestone this week in commercializing drone technology.

Boeing Disappointed Over Bomber Contract

Oct 28, 2015
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Boeing says it's disappointed that the Air Force has rejected its bid for an 80 billion dollar bomber contract, in favor of a bid from Northrup Grumman.

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Managers at a military drone maker in the Columbia River Gorge say they see great potential for civil and commercial uses for their best known aircraft. But realizing that promise requires the federal government to finalize rules for drones in the national airspace.

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It won’t just be Boeing jetliners flying lumbering test patterns over Moses Lake, Washington. Mitsubishi  Aircraft announced  Monday it has selected Grant County International Airport as its U.S. test flight center. That means a new high-tech airplane hangar and an estimated 100 jobs for the central Washington community. 

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The U.S. House today rejected the Pentagon's plans to retire aging ships and planes. The bipartisan vote on a defense-spending blueprint for next year saves a fleet of attack jets flown by the Idaho National Guard out of Boise. The fate of that air wing provides another example of how hard it is to cut the defense budget.

The president of the St. Louis machinists union tells his hometown newspaper that he's “prepared and ready to sit down with Boeing” to discuss moving 777X production to Missouri. 

The president of the machinists union in St. Louis says Boeing should build the 777X in Washington.

Sound familiar? Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has called a special session so lawmakers there can work on a plan to land Boeing's 777X assembly line.

The issue of tax transparency in Washington is getting fresh attention on the heels of a major tax deal for Boeing.

Washington lawmakers recently rushed into special session to pass $8.7 billion in aerospace tax breaks. The aim: to land Boeing’s next generation 777 airplane. But how much does Boeing – or any other major company in Washington - pay in taxes?

Governor Inslee Vows To Continue To Compete For 777X

Nov 14, 2013
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The machinist’s two-to-one rejection of the Boeing contract was not the outcome Washington Governor Jay Inslee had hoped for. At a news conference in Olympia following the vote tally Wednesday night, the Democrat called the outcome a “disappointment.”

About 30-thousand Boeing machinists in the Seattle area face a tough decision Wednesday. They have to choose between accepting a contract extension that includes a pension freeze or risk losing jobs on the next jet program.

Boeing will get tax incentives and worker training under bills signed into law Monday by Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

The Washington Legislature is plowing ahead with a package of tax breaks and incentives to convince the Boeing Company to build its next big jet in Washington.

Governor Jay Inslee says he can’t overstate the upside of Washington winning production of Boeing’s next generation 777 airliner.

Washington lawmakers convene in special session Thursday in an effort to win production of the next Boeing 777.

 The Boeing Company and its Machinists union have reached a tentative deal that clears the way to build Boeing's next big jet in Washington state.

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A top aviation analyst believes a Boeing announcement to employees is a play for better tax incentives.

Boeing Dreamliner Catches Fire At Heathrow

Jul 12, 2013
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A fire on a 787 Dreamliner is out, and flights at London’s Heathrow Airport have resumed. No one was on board the parked Ethiopia Airlines jet during the incident and no injuries are reported. But speculation about the cause of the fire sent Boeing shares tumbling.

Fairchild Loses First Round In Competition For Tankers

May 22, 2013

People living near Fairchild Air Force Base say they’re not worried by news they won’t get a brand new fleet of Boeing-built Air Force refueling tankers. The Air Force made the announcement Wednesday following a process that pitted Spokane against other other communities around the country.

McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas got the nod to be the first to house the new KC-46A refueling tankers. That dismayed Washington Sen. Patty Murray, who said she would press top Pentagon officials for an explanation.

Governor Jay Inslee says the state of Washington is in a good position to convince Boeing to build the next version of its triple-seven wide-body jet here.

Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane is planning a public memorial service for three of its airmen killed in a mid-air explosion over central Asia. The cause of the air refueling tanker accident last Friday remains under investigation. The crash renews attention on a Boeing Company contract to replace the Air Force's aging tanker fleet.

The doomed Fairchild Air Force Base crewmates were flying a KC-135 Stratotanker built by Boeing in the early 1960s. By all accounts, Air Force mechanics keep the 50-year-old tanker fleet in good condition.

Boeing Machinists Optimistic Despite Layoffs

Mar 22, 2013
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Boeing announced today Friday it will lay off 800 machinists in the Puget Sound area this year. The company says workforce needs on two of its newest jet programs have been reduced.

Boeing Plans More Defense Side Cuts

Feb 21, 2013

Across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester are set to take place next Friday if Congress doesn’t reach a deal.

Boeing Engineering Strike Seems Less Likely

Feb 20, 2013

A strike by Boeing's engineering union appears less likely.

Boeing’s top executives say that at this point, they don’t expect significant financial fallout from the grounding of the 787 Dreamliner. Federal regulators halted flights of the plane after two serious battery malfunctions.

On Deck at Boeing's 787 Assembly Line

Jan 18, 2013
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Outside the Boeing plant in Everett, newly assembled 787s sit ready for delivery. Inside, the production line rolls on. That’s despite this week’s setbacks for the company’s newest model, the 787 Dreamliner.

Airlines around the world have grounded the planes amid concerns about its lithium ion batteries. It was a battery issue that caused an All Nippon Airways’787 to make an emergency landing in Japan earlier this week. KUOW’s Liz Jones visited the Boeing plant in Everett to get a closer view of this aircraft under scrutiny.