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boeing takes budget ax to popular employee gym


boeing has shuttered the gym near boeing field that employees — even ceo muilenburg — enjoyed for decades. also: zillow pays for ceo rascoff to commute seattle by private jet from his new la mansion, and the prizewinning design for a denny triangle high-rise won’t get built.boeing’s cost cutting is slashing perks for local workers, as well as jobs. the latest blow to seattle employees came friday, when it closed a massive and beloved gym that once was even a haunt of dennis muilenburg, now the company’s chicago-based ceo. the gym, on the bank of the duwamish river near boeing field, was heavily used by current and former employees.“i played basketball with muilenburg there in the late ’80s, early ’90s,” said boeing retiree joe slepski, a former manager on the defense side of the company, a






watch: oak harbor dad builds backyard roller coaster for 3-year-old son


scott brazelton, a navy pilot, got advice from a retired seattle boeing engineer. a youtube video captures son going on his first thrill ride.is there a luckier kid in the region?three-year-old wyatt brazelton’s dad built him his own roller coaster in the backyard of their oak harbor home on whidbey island.scott brazelton, a navy pilot, wanted some quality time with his son, because he’s often away from home on lengthy deployments, according to the whidbey news times. so instead of a tree house, scott spent several weeks building a roller coaster out of pvc piping and two-by-fours.a youtube video the family posted of wyatt’s first ride has been viewed more than 103,000 times. two seattle television stations traveled to whidbey island this week to capture their own footage of a completely d






boeing 737, which ‘took the aviation world by storm,’ marks 50 years of flight


on sunday, the boeing 737 celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first flight, and seattle’s museum of flight is hosting a birthday bash.the first flight of boeing’s original 737 took place 50 years ago on sunday, and seattle’s museum of flight will mark the anniversary with a celebration that’s open to the public for the price of admission.the occasion comes just weeks before the first delivery of the newest version of that jet, the boeing 737 max.brien wygle, the pilot who commanded that first flight on april 9, 1967, will participate in a panel discussion at noon in the museum theater.“fifty years ago we had no idea,” wygle, 92, said in an interview this week. “we were hoping to eventually sell enough to break even.”as it turned out, the longevity and success of the 737 proved astoundin






boeing’s budget ax falls on popular gym for employees


on friday, boeing is closing a massive and beloved gym facility near boeing field, a former haunt of ceo dennis muilenburg that’s heavily used by current and former employees.boeing’s cost cutting is slashing perks for local workers, as well as jobs. the latest blow to seattle employees comes friday, when it will shutter a massive and beloved gym that once was even a haunt of dennis muilenburg, now the company’s chicago-based ceo. the gym, on the banks of the duwamish river near boeing field, is heavily used by current and former employees.“i played basketball with muilenburg there in the late 80s, early 90s,” said boeing retiree joe slepski, a former manager on the defense side of the company, after playing a lunchtime game at the facility tuesday. “one year, we even won a championship.”t






boeing delivers first 737 max after faa gives ok for most engines


less than a week after a potential manufacturing flaw in a batch of about 30 engines grounded boeing’s 737 max fleet, the faa cleared boeing to fly the max with unaffected engines. the jetmaker made the first max delivery to an airline tuesday.less than a week after a potential manufacturing flaw in a batch of engines grounded boeing’s 737 max fleet, the federal aviation administration (faa) cleared boeing to fly the max with unaffected engines and the jetmaker made the first max delivery to an airline tuesday.the 737 max “has resumed all flight activities,” boeing said in a brief statement. boeing spokesman doug alder said the first max was officially delivered to malaysian carrier malindo air, part of lion air group.related storiesthe first flight of the boeing 737 max 9, the second vers






faa’s ok needed before 737 max jets can resume flights


the federal aviation administration will have to give its approval before boeing’s 737 max airplanes can fly again. neither boeing nor the faa would elaborate on what inspection procedures may be required to allow that to happen.the federal aviation administration (faa) will have to give its blessing before boeing’s 737 max airplanes can fly again.boeing grounded the jets on wednesday after the discovery by engine supplier cfm international of a flaw in the manufacturing of some metal discs inside the jet’s new engines at one of its sub-tier suppliers.“the faa is working closely with cfm and boeing to develop a proposed plan to clear the engines,” laura brown, a spokeswoman for the air-safety agency, said thursday.related storythe first flight of the boeing 737 max 9, the second version of






first flight of boeing’s 787-10 expected friday


the largest model of boeing’s twin-aisle 787 dreamliner is scheduled to make its first flight friday morning from north charleston, s. c., if conditions permit.unlike the two earlier versions of the 787, which are assembled in everett as well, this one is slated to be built only in south carolina.the flight, originally scheduled for tuesday, will be webcast by boeing starting at 6:25 a.m. pacific time.boeing rolled out the plane feb. 18 at a ceremony attended by president donald trump.






pentagon spending to challenge boeing’s shanahan


america spends too much and gets too little from its defense budget. this is the biggest challenge boeing exec pat shanahan would face at the pentagon.president harry truman made this observation about his successor, general of the army dwight eisenhower, liberator of western europe:“he’ll sit here and he’ll say, ‘do this! do that!’ and nothing will happen. poor ike — it won’t be anything like the army.”i think about this as patrick shanahan, who played an important role in turning around the troubled 787 dreamliner program, has been named by president donald trump to be nominated as deputy secretary of defense. if he’s confirmed, it won’t be anything like boeing.to be sure, as the former head of boeing’s missile-defense business, shanahan is no stranger to what ike called the military-ind






ula’s zip line astronaut escape system for boeing’s starliner


the united launch alliance will use a novel zip line to move astronauts away from the launchpad in case of an emergency with their atlas v rocket or boeing starliner cst-100 spacecraft. see how it works in photos.this photo: at space launch complex 41, engineers test the emergency egress system on seats attached to slide wires. united launch alliance (ula) and boeing worked on modifying the pad in preparation for manned boeing cst-100 starliner missions.






we shot the boeing 737 max 9's first flight with a sony cyber-shot rx10 iii: dig


the boeing 737 max 9, shortly after landing. there's enough latitude in the rx10 iii's raw files to allow for moderate shadow and highlight adjustment.28mm (equiv) f4.5, iso 100as has been amply demonstrated in the past, i'm an aeroplane nerd. so when boeing offered us the chance to shoot the first flight of its brand new boeing 737 max 9 last month, i jumped at the chance. i might even have pushed a couple of my colleagues out of the way.in the end, three of us headed over to boeing field in seattle for the first flight - dan, (who couldn't care less about aeroplanes), with a panasonic fz2500; me, the super-nerd with the sony rx10 iii, and carey, an impartial observer, with a panasonic gh5 (to film me and dan arguing). we'll be publishing a longer article comparing our results soon, but i






we shot the boeing 737 max 9's first flight with a sony cyber-shot rx10 iii: dig


the boeing 737 max 9, shortly after landing. there's enough latitude in the rx10 iii's raw files to allow me to expose for the outdoor lighting and still process to show the interior.28mm (equiv) f4.5, iso 100as has been amply demonstrated in the past, i'm an aeroplane nerd. so when boeing offered us the chance to shoot the first flight of its brand new boeing 737 max 9 last month, i jumped at the chance. i might even have pushed a couple of my colleagues out of the way.in the end, three of us headed over to boeing field in seattle for the first flight - dan, (who couldn't care less about aeroplanes), with a panasonic fz2500; me, the super-nerd with the sony rx10 iii, and carey, an impartial observer, with a panasonic gh5 (to film me and dan arguing). we'll be publishing a longer article c






boeing warns 279 union members of possible layoff


boeing issued its latest round of 60-day layoff notices friday, handing out 249 new notices to members of the machinists union and 30 to members of the engineering union — but the number actually laid off in july may turn out to be considerably less.boeing issued its latest round of 60-day layoff notices friday, handing out 249 new notices to members of the machinists union and 30 to members of the engineering union.the company declined to disclose the total number of layoff notices issued friday, which would include non-union employees.the number of people actually laid off on july 21 may be considerably less than these figures suggest, however.boeing must give 60 days’ notice of a layoff by state law, but it may not follow through if enough employees leave due to normal attrition. in tha






boeing warns 279 union members of possible layoff


boeing issued its latest round of 60-day layoff notices friday, handing out 249 new notices to members of the machinists union and 30 to members of the engineering union — but the number actually laid off in july may turn out to be considerably less.boeing issued its latest round of 60-day layoff notices friday, handing out 249 new notices to members of the machinists union and 30 to members of the engineering union.the company declined to disclose the total number of layoff notices issued friday, which would include nonunion employees.the number of people actually laid off on july 21 may be considerably less than these figures suggest, however.boeing must give 60 days’ notice of a layoff by state law, but it may not follow through if enough employees leave due to normal attrition. in that






boeing blamed for maintenance errors on air force one


washington (ap) — boeing mechanics are to blame for accidental contamination of oxygen systems aboard one of the modified boeing 747 planes known as air force one used for presidential travel, the air force said in an investigation report.the plane was undergoing extensive maintenance at a boeing facility in san antonio, texas, when the mishap occurred in april 2016. no one was injured.an air force accident investigation report released this month faulted three boeing mechanics for supplying and using tools and parts that did not meet cleanliness standards while checking oxygen lines for leaks. the standards are meant to prevent a fire hazard. the mechanics also used an unauthorized cleaning procedure.the report said boeing has paid more than $4 million to clean or replace contaminated por






pentagon spending to challenge shanahan


america spends too much and gets too little from its defense budget. this is the biggest challenge boeing exec pat shanahan would face at the pentagon.president harry truman made this observation about his successor, general of the army dwight eisenhower, liberator of western europe:“he’ll sit here and he’ll say, ‘do this! do that!’ and nothing will happen. poor ike — it won’t be anything like the army.”i think about this as patrick shanahan, who played an important role in turning around the troubled 787 dreamliner program, has been named by president donald trump to be nominated as deputy secretary of defense. if he’s confirmed, it won’t be anything like boeing.to be sure, as the former head of boeing’s missile-defense business, shanahan is no stranger to what ike called the military-ind






boeing cutting 1,800 seattle-area factory, engineering jobs


boeing is shrinking its seattle-area workforce by at least 1,800 jobs this year as the company streamlines operations in a brutally competitive commercial-aircraft market.the planemaker approved voluntary layoffs for 1,500 mechanics, according to a person familiar with the situation who asked not to be named because it hasn't been made public. another 305 engineers and technical workers are leaving voluntarily, bill dugovich, a spokesman for their union, said thursday.boeing told employees in december that it would seek buyouts as part of an effort to cut costs and match employment to market requirements, company spokesman paul bergman said by email. boeing also plans to cull commercial-airplane jobs by leaving open positions unfilled and through involuntary layoffs, he said. he declined t






the boeing 737, which transformed jet travel, turns 50 on sunday


celebration planned for the 50th anniversary of 737’s first flight on april 9, 1967. also, amazon exec addresses the good and bad effects of its tremendous growth.the first flight of boeing’s original 737 took place 50 years ago on sunday, and seattle’s museum of flight will mark the anniversary with a celebration that’s open to the public for the price of admission.the occasion comes just weeks before the first delivery of the newest version of that jet, the boeing 737 max.brien wygle, the pilot who commanded that first flight on april 9, 1967, will participate in a panel discussion at noon in the museum theater.“fifty years ago we had no idea,” wygle, 92, said in an interview this week. “we were hoping to eventually sell enough to break even.”most read stories3-course dinners for $32 sta






boeing’s plan for bigger 737 max meets with industry doubts


boeing said it expects to launch a new larger version of the 737 max by year-end. but industry players are skeptical it will halt the dominance of the rival airbus a321neo.san diego, calif. – boeing said monday it expects to launch a new larger variant of the 737 max family, the max 10, by year-end.this latest chess move between boeing and its great rival airbus, which had been telegraphed for some time, aims at reducing boeing’s growing lag in orders for the largest single-aisle jets. but there’s considerable skepticism in the industry that this new model will achieve that outcome.boeing vice president of marketing randy tinseth, speaking at the annual americas conference of the international society of transport aircraft trading (istat) in san diego, said the planemaker has extended busi






that’s rich: seattle and the world’s two wealthiest men


bill gates and jeff bezos are the two richest people on earth and both live in metro seattle. is it us or is it them?i can never match the late emmett watson, the revered columnist who created the fictional lesser seattle organization. but i do claim credit for the term “bill luck” to explain much of seattle’s economic success.as in bill boeing and bill gates. what if they had based their companies in, say, detroit and albuquerque? if not for bill luck, the history of the puget sound region would have been quite different. two men, two different eras and industries — although boeing is now a high-tech company in its own right and microsoft is in the cloud.alas, bill luck must make way for the jeff bezos windfall. it has been profound.earlier this spring, bloomberg calculated that the no. 1






that’s rich: seattle and the world’s two wealthiest men


bill gates and jeff bezos are the two richest people on earth and both live in metro seattle. is it us or is it them?i can never match the late emmett watson, the revered columnist who created the fictional lesser seattle organization. but i do claim credit for the term “bill luck” to explain much of seattle’s economic success.as in bill boeing and bill gates. what if they had based their companies in, say, detroit and albuquerque? if not for bill luck, the history of the puget sound region would have been quite different. two men, two different eras and industries — although boeing is now a high-tech company in its own right and microsoft is in the cloud.alas, bill luck must make way for the jeff bezos windfall. it has been profound.earlier this spring, bloomberg calculated that the no. 1






about 1,800 union workers at boeing accept voluntary buyouts in latest round of


about 1,800 union employees at boeing accepted voluntary buyouts last month as the jet maker continues to cut jobs in the state. boeing declined to release any figures, so the number of nonunion job cuts is unknown. further job cuts are expected through the year.boeing offered another round of voluntary buyouts to employees at the beginning of february, continuing to cut jobs in the state as it announced in december.the machinists union said 1,500 of its members applied for a buyout and were approved to leave the company.the engineering union said 305 of its members were approved and are expected to leave the company in april.boeing declined to release any figures, so the number of nonunion job cuts is unknown.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.these cuts are just th






boeing co. says it signed new $3b deal with iranian airline


tehran, iran — boeing co. said on tuesday it has signed a new, $3 billion deal with iran's aseman airlines to supply 30 737 max aircraft to the carrier, the first major sale by a u.s. company to the islamic republic under new president donald trump.the new agreement comes on top of the $16.6 billion sale boeing previously made in iran following the landmark nuclear deal struck with tehran under the obama administration. trump long has criticized the atomic deal, though he toured a boeing plant in february and touted the firm's work as proof of a coming american manufacturing renaissance.chicago-based boeing said the deal also includes purchase rights for an additional 30 737 max aircraft for tehran-based aseman, which flies domestic and international routes. it said the first deliveries wo






boeing: tax breaks | the seattle times


the most stunning thing about the article with the headline “bills link boeing tax breaks to number of workers in state”? it’s taken olympia four years to recognize the obvious: you can’t give a giant corporation massive tax breaks and expect it to voluntarily keep its workers. this quid pro quo won’t occur unless legislation enforces it.in 2013, the legislature called a special session to extend the tax breaks’ expiration date from 2024 to 2040. “those tax breaks are expected to save the aerospace giant more than $8 billion,” the article states. as thanks for this pyramid of gold, boeing has been laying off workers: “in the past year alone, boeing commercial airplanes reduced its workforce by more than 9,000.”maybe olympia should just write one big, blank check so the company will have al






boeing grounds 737 max test planes over quality issue with engine


weeks away from the first delivery of its new 737 max airliner, boeing on wednesday grounded its fleet of test planes because of a quality problem with the new leap engine.just weeks away from the first delivery of its new 737 max airliner, boeing on wednesday grounded its fleet of test planes because of a quality problem with the new leap engine.about 15 or so max airplanes are already built and parked at renton municipal airport. boeing said it has begun inspecting all the engines on those airplanes.engine maker cfm international has informed boeing of “a potential manufacturing quality escape with low pressure turbine discs (lpt)” in the engines already delivered, boeing said.“at no time have we experienced an issue associated with the lpt during our ongoing max testing program,” said b






canada’s defense minister threatens boeing deal in speech


toronto (ap) — canada’s defense minister repeated a threat wednesday to cancel the purchase of 18 fighter jets from boeing co. because of the company’s trade complaint against canadian plane maker bombardier.harjit sajjan said boeing’s action against bombardier is “unfounded” and not the behavior of a “trusted partner.” he said buying the super hornet fighter jets “requires a trusted industry partner.”sajjan urged boeing to withdraw the complaint in a speech. canada’s foreign minister has also threatened to block the order.“our government – and i stress this – our government is disappointed in the action of one of our leading industry partners,” he said.most read storiessale! get 90% off digital access.chicago-based boeing’s trade complaint prompted a u.s. commerce department anti-dumping






richard branson celebrates virgin atlantic’s entry to seattle market


a boeing 787-9 dreamliner touched down monday afternoon at seattle-tacoma international airport, bringing entrepreneur richard branson to town to celebrate virgin atlantic’s launch of its seattle-london route on sundaya boeing 787-9 dreamliner touched down monday afternoon at seattle-tacoma international airport, bringing famed entrepreneur richard branson to town for a celebration of virgin atlantic’s entrance into the seattle market.the flight, the third since virgin atlantic launched its seattle-london route on sunday, featured quite a bit of fanfare. british musical artist raye performed onboard for passengers, which included virgin atlantic ceo craig kreeger in addition to founder branson. the route replaces virgin partner delta’s london-seattle flight and will add capacity for 40,000






boeing halts test flight of new plane


image copyrightgetty imagesboeing has temporarily halted test flights of its new 737 max aircraft due to possible issues with the engine. the stoppage came days before the us planemaker was due to make its first delivery of the aircraft to a customer. but boeing said it was sticking with plans to begin max deliveries this month, adding that production of the jets would continue.american airlines, southwest, and china's shandong airlines are among those who have placed orders.earlier this year indian airline spicejet placed an order for 205 new planes from boeing, in a deal valued around $22bn (£18bn). boeing had said the first of the max 737 planes would be delivered to spicejet in 2018.the max fleet is designed to be a more fuel-efficient version and replaces boeing's previous 737 model w






boeing halts test flight of new plane


image copyrightgetty imagesboeing has temporarily halted test flights of its new 737 max aircraft due to possible issues with the engine. the stoppage came days before the us planemaker was due to make its first delivery of the aircraft to a customer. but boeing said it was sticking with plans to begin max deliveries this month, adding that production of the jets would continue.american airlines, southwest, and china's shandong airlines are among those who have placed orders.earlier this year indian airline spicejet placed an order for 205 new planes from boeing, in a deal valued around $22bn (£18bn). boeing had said the first of the max 737 planes would be delivered to spicejet in 2018.the max fleet is designed to be a more fuel-efficient version and replaces boeing's previous 737 model w






boeing halts test flight of new plane


image copyrightgetty imagesboeing has temporarily halted test flights of its new 737 max aircraft due to possible issues with the engine. the stoppage came days before the us planemaker was due to make its first delivery of the aircraft to a customer. but boeing said it was sticking with plans to begin max deliveries this month, adding that production of the jets would continue.american airlines, southwest, and china's shandong airlines are among those who have placed orders.earlier this year indian airline spicejet placed an order for 205 new planes from boeing, in a deal valued around $22bn (£18bn). boeing had said the first of the max 737 planes would be delivered to spicejet in 2018.the max fleet is designed to be a more fuel-efficient version and replaces boeing's previous 737 model w






monday memo: a first flight for the 787-10, and home price data


today: virgin atlantic celebrates its new route between seattle and london as the inaugural flight lands monday at seattle-tacoma international airport. virgin founder richard branson will be among the passengers. tuesday: case-shiller releases its monthly home price increase index, which the seattle region has topped for the last four months. … weather permitting, boeing plans the first flight of the 787-10, the largest version of its twin-aisle dreamliner, from the north charleston, south carolina, complex where the plane is assembled. unlike the two earlier versions of the 787, which are assembled in everett as well, this one is slated to be built only in south carolina. boeing says it will webcast the flight at bit.ly/2o533yawednesday: alaska air group holds an investor day in new york






boeing looks to build satellites more quickly, with fewer workers


boeing co. is taking steps to build satellites more quickly through new production practices that will rely more on 3-d printing and involve fewer workers, which eventually could transform the aerospace giant’s traditional way of turning out high-end commercial and military spacecraft.the company’s proposed changes, spelled out in an interview by paul rusnock, who leads boeing’s satellite business, already have taken hold in the...






boeing 'paper plane' wins over skeptic as united takes peek


united continental holdings has taken a close look at an all-new jetliner that boeing engineers are developing for trans-atlantic flying, and the airline likes what it sees."what we've seen so far is very, very interesting to us," andrew levy, united's chief financial officer, said in an interview. "we certainly hope boeing launches the airplane. we think there is a need for it."an endorsement from united, a large boeing customer, would go a long way toward making the business case for so-called middle-of-market jetliners. while the airplane concept exists only on paper so far, boeing has honed the design to seat between 225 and 260 passengers and worked to bring production costs in line with prices that airlines would be willing to pay."i wouldn't be surprised if there is a decision to of






boeing’s shanahan faces new tests at pentagon post


president donald trump is asking pat shanahan, senior vice president at boeing, to take on the job of managing the pentagon’s vast bureaucracy, riding herd on weapons contractors and controlling the cost of defense programs.in 2007, boeing’s chief executive, w. james mcnerney jr., put out an sos call to the head of the company’s military business. boeing had bet its future on a revolutionary passenger jet, the 787 dreamliner, and the project was imperiled by delays and cost overruns.mcnerney had singled out one man to fix the problems: patrick m. shanahan, a 45-year-old executive with two master’s degrees from the massachusetts institute of technology who ran boeing’s missile-defense business.“jim said he needed a guy with pat’s skills on the 787,” said james f. albaugh, shanahan’s boss at






flight-sized boeing capsule dropped from balloon


by steve spaleta | march 13, 2017 09:47am et the parachutes of the cst-100 starliner were tested after it was dropped from an altitude of 38,300 feet.  credit : nasa kennedy space center/boeing






boeing co. says it signed new $3b deal with iranian airline


tehran, iran (ap) — boeing co. said on tuesday it has signed a new, $3 billion deal with iran’s aseman airlines to supply 30 737 max aircraft to the carrier, the first major sale by a u.s. company to the islamic republic under new president donald trump.the new agreement comes on top of the $16.6 billion sale boeing previously made in iran following the landmark nuclear deal struck with tehran under the obama administration. trump long has criticized the atomic deal, though he toured a boeing plant in february and touted the firm’s work as proof of a coming american manufacturing renaissance.chicago-based boeing said the deal also includes purchase rights for an additional 30 737 max aircraft for tehran-based aseman, which flies domestic and international routes. it said the first deliveri






richard branson celebrates virgin atlantic’s entry to seattle market, tears into


a boeing dreamliner on monday brought entrepreneur richard branson to town to celebrate virgin atlantic’s launch of its seattle-london route. but he also used the visit to lambaste alaska air’s decision to retire the virgin america brand after buying the airline .a boeing 787-9 dreamliner touched down monday afternoon at seattle-tacoma international airport, bringing entrepreneur richard branson to town for a celebration of virgin atlantic’s entrance into the seattle market.but he also used the visit to tear into alaska air group, which announced last week it would retire the virgin america brand in the next two years, after buying the airline — virgin atlantic’s u.s. sister — last year for $4 billion.monday’s virgin atlantic flight, the third since the airline launched its seattle-london






breakfast and diet: for heart health, it's not just what you eat, but when


it’s common knowledge that what we eat plays an important role in health, but a new report finds that when we eat is also significant.a new statement from the american heart ociation suggests that eating more of your calories earlier in the day may help keep the heart healthy.“people who consume breakfast on a regular basis have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease,” dr. marie-pierre st-onge, the author of the statement and a researcher at columbia university medical center, told cbs news.like many americans, elena alonzo used to constantly skip breakfast. now, she makes sure to make time for it every day.“i always thought i was not hungry and now i realize how much energy this actually gives me,” she said, making time for a breakfast of oatmeal, fruit and a smoothie at her desk.st-onge