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  • Boeing hiring in South Carolina as it raises 787 production

    01/22/2014 5:24:34 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 12 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 1/22/2014
    Boeing Co is hiring contract workers at its factory in South Carolina as it boosts output of the 787 Dreamliner and seeks to avoid manufacturing issues linked to the production increase, according to people familiar with the situation. Boeing confirmed on Wednesday that it is hiring at the facility but declined to provide details. The company was responding to a Wall Street Journal report that said the aircraft maker is adding about 300 contract mechanics and inspectors at its North Charleston facility. The Journal said the contractors were needed in part to avoid production issues with 787 body sections made...
  • Boeing 787 Dreamliner suffers ANOTHER battery scare as component starts smoking on plane in Japan

    01/15/2014 5:49:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | January 14, 2014 | Staff
    Battery problems resurfaced on Boeing's 787 on Tuesday, after gas was discovered coming out of a battery on a plane parked in Tokyo. Boeing said the problem on a Japan Airlines 787 was discovered during scheduled maintenance. No passengers were on board. The company said it appears that a single battery cell 'vented', or released gas. The incident comes a year after a fire in a lithium ion battery aboard a Japan Airlines 787 parked at Boston's Logan International Airport.
  • Boeing investigates new flaw with 787 Dreamliner

    08/16/2013 2:02:26 PM PDT · by SgtBilko · 14 replies
    San Antonio Business Journal ^ | Aug 16, 2013, 7:03am CDT | Mike W. Thomas
    Boeing Co. has suffered another setback with its 787 Dreamliner after the model’s biggest operator, ANA Holdings, says it discovered wiring defects in the fire-suppression system on three aircraft.
  • A Japan Airlines Boeing Dreamliner Just Made A U-Turn Mid-Flight

    07/18/2013 3:24:41 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 18, 2013
    A Japan Airlines 787 Dreamliner flying from Boston to Tokyo turned around not long after taking off and has returned safely to Boston:
  • Investigators: Disable 787 Emerg Locator Beacon (FAA balks)

    07/18/2013 12:04:58 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 9 replies
    Komo News ^ | 7/18/13 | UK AAIB
    (snip, from the actual AAIB report at link below) Safety Recommendation 2013-016 It is recommended that the Federal Aviation Administration initiate action for making inert the Honeywell International RESCU406AFN fixed Emergency Locator Transmitter system in Boeing 787 aircraft until appropriate airworthiness actions can be completed. Safety Recommendation 2013-017 It is recommended that the Federal Aviation Administration, in association with other regulatory authorities, conduct a safety review of installations of Lithium-powered Emergency Locator Transmitter systems in other aircraft types and, where appropriate, initiate airworthiness action. (snip, from abcnews.go link above) The FAA didn't immediately say whether it will follow the recommendations....
  • No sign 787 fire caused by batteries: U.K. agency

    07/15/2013 5:24:38 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 14 July 2013 | Home
    The U.K. Accidents Investigation Branch said there was extensive heat damage in the upper portion of the rear fuselage of the Ethiopian Airlines plane, which caught fire while parked at Heathrow Airport in London. “However, it is clear that this heat damage is remote from the area in which the aircraft main and APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) batteries are located, and at this stage, there is no evidence of a direct causal relationship,” the agency said in a statement, adding that the initial investigation is likely to take several days. Ethiopian Airlines hasn’t grounded its three other 787 Dreamliners, the...
  • Heathrow fire: Ethiopia Dreamliner fleet to stay flying

    07/13/2013 8:58:17 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 July 2013 Last updated at 08:53 ET
    Smoke was detected from the aircraft after it had been parked at Heathrow for more than eight hoursContinue reading the main story Related Stories Dreamliner catches fire at Heathrow Boeing shares fall after 787 fire Dreamliner flights resume after problems Ethiopian Airlines says it is to continue operating its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners after one caught fire at London's Heathrow airport on Friday.Investigators are trying to find the cause of the blaze, which took place months after the aircraft was grounded worldwide over a battery problem.Heathrow's runways were closed for 90 minutes on Friday, and some evening flights delayed...
  • Heathrow: Dreamliner Plane Catches Fire

    07/12/2013 6:49:29 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 41 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 13 2013 | reporter
    A fire on a parked Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner plane has forced both runways at Heathrow Airport to close. No injuries were reported and nobody was on board the aircraft, which was stationed at a remote parking stand. Ethiopian Airlines said it had been there for more than eight hours before smoke was detected, adding that "the cause of the incident is under investigation by all concerned." A spokesperson for Heathrow said the plane suffered an internal fire and that the airport's emergency services attended the scene. Ethiopian Airlines was the first airline to resume using the 787 after Boeing temporarily...
  • U.S.-bound 787 turns back after 'technical issue' (Second 787 issue today)

    07/12/2013 11:04:23 AM PDT · by illiac · 28 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 7/12/13 | MarketWatch
    New York (MarketWatch)-- An unspecified "technical issue" on a Boeing Co. /quotes/zigman/220026/quotes/nls/ba BA -3.34% 787 Dreamliner forced a Thomson Airways flight to return to Manchester, England on Friday, according to press reports. It is the second incident involving a 787 on Friday; an onboard fire on an empty plane owned by Ethopian Airways briefly closed runways at London's Heathrow Airport.
  • Boeing 787 Dreamliner Catches Fire in London

    07/12/2013 10:30:20 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 30 replies
    Boeing 787 Dreamliner Catches Fire in London No Passengers on Jet at Heathrow Airport; Cause of Fire Not Yet Known By CASSELL BRYAN-LOW And JON OSTROWER CONNECT Emergency and fire crews responded Friday afternoon to a fire aboard an Ethiopian Airlines 787 aircraft at Heathrow Airport, marking a fresh setback for Boeing Co.'s troubled Dreamliner jet that was grounded by global regulators earlier this year because of problems with its lithium-ion batteries. A Heathrow spokesman said the incident involved an "internal onboard fire" on the aircraft, which was parked at a remote parking stand with no passengers in it. The...
  • Meanwhile In Europe - Burning 787 Boeing In Heathrow; Crashed Train In Paris

    07/12/2013 9:34:27 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 12, 2013
    First it was imploding peripheral bond markets, now Europe is closing off the weak with even worse news, following reports of a burning Ethiopian Airlines plane in Heathrow as well as news of a commuter train crash in Paris with numerous trapped and 8 dead according to Parisien. Hopefully this is not an indication of what happens to global infrastructure when corporations ignore their maintenance CapEx for 4 years in a row. First this: 'Many Casualties' In Paris Train Derailment http://t.co/ix35wGZu2T — Sky News (@SkyNews) July 12, 2013 Reports of Ethiopian plane on fire at Heathrow Airport, no reports of...
  • Dreamliner Flies, But Doubts Persist About Boeing's Batteries

    05/29/2013 9:13:55 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    NLPC ^ | May 29, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    Now that Boeing has placed most of its 787s back into service, including those inUnited Airlines’ fleet, executives with both corporations are putting a happy face on the expensive hardship that was caused by the four-month grounding of the planes due to fire hazard risks. United reinstated the so-called Dreamliners on May 20, when United CEO Jeff Smisek and Boeing CEO Jim McNerney hopped a flight from Houston to Chicago to show the troubles with the plane’s lithium ion batteries were behind them. "I’ll tell you, Jim,” said Smisek, as recounted by the Associated Press, “it was a fairly expensive...
  • Boeing CEO says 787 grounding didn't have big financial impact

    04/29/2013 11:48:24 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 2 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 29, 2013 | Gregory Karp
    Just days after Boeing's 787 Dreamliner was officially cleared to fly by U.S. regulators, Boeing CEO Jim McNerney said the plane's 100-day grounding did not and will not have a significant financial impact on the Chicago-based aircraft maker. McNerney, speaking after Chicago-based Boeing's annual meeting at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago on Monday, said some fixes are "big and huge and others are less financially impactful."
  • Boeing: Cause of Dreamliner Fires 'Almost Doesn't Matter'

    04/29/2013 9:30:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    NLPC ^ | April 29, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    "Attention ladies and gentlemen, the Boeing 787Dreamliner will depart shortly – any potential fires caused by our lithium ion batteries will now be contained within the aircraft. Please line up at the gate for imminent boarding!” Are you ready? In case you missed it the Federal Aviation Administration, by publishing an Airworthiness Directive in the Federal Register last week, opened the door for the troubled “green” aircraft to return to service in the coming months. The document lays out the specifications required for Boeing to get the extremely costly project moving again, if the changes are implemented and FAA inspectors...
  • FAA clears Boeing 787 to return to flight

    04/19/2013 1:04:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | April 19, 2013 | Dominic Gates
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Friday that it has formally approved Boeing’s design for modifications to the 787 Dreamliner battery system, clearing the way to end the plane’s three-month grounding. FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said the agency hasn’t changed the Dreamliner’s ETOPS (“extended operations”) certification, which means the 787 will have continued approval to fly up to three hours away from the nearest airport. Michael Huerta, head of the FAA, told a Senate hearing Tuesday that ETOPS approval was under review. The decision not to reduce the three-hour limit is crucial to the jet’s use for flying long routes...
  • Boeing planning $1 billion expansion in South Carolina by 2020

    04/09/2013 12:36:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | April 9, 2013 | AP
    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Boeing is expanding in South Carolina and will invest another $1 billion, creating 2,000 new jobs during the next eight years, the aerospace giant announced Tuesday. Company spokeswoman Candy Eslinger said the company, which operates a 787 assembly plant in North Charleston, will expand its operations. The first of the new 787s made in South Carolina rolled off the assembly line about a year ago.
  • Boeing making 787 test flight

    04/05/2013 1:31:32 PM PDT · by oxcart · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 05, 2013 | JOSHUA FREED
    Boeing said its flight of a 787 on Friday should wrap up the testing for its fix of the battery problems that have kept the plane grounded. Boeing called the flight "the final certification test for the new battery system." The next step will be for the Federal Aviation Administration to decide whether Boeing's battery fix is good enough for airlines to safely fly it again. Friday's flight took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. It returned one hour and 49 minutes later. The test was "to demonstrate that the new system performs as...
  • NTSB describes sizzling, hissing 787 battery in Boston fire (Informative re LiIon Fire)

    03/07/2013 11:31:56 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | March 7, 2013 | Staff
    Boston airport firefighters encountered sizzling liquid and a hissing, “exploding” battery when they entered the 787 at the center of a two-month-long National Transportation Safety Board investigation, according to documents released Thursday. The NTSB said Thursday it plans two public hearings next month, one to explore lithium-ion battery technology in general and another to discuss the design and certification of the Boeing 787 battery system. The safety agency announced the hearings as it released an interim factual report and 499 pages of related documents on its investigation of the Japan Airlines 787 fire at the Boston airport on January 7....
  • NTSB questions Boeing’s 787 battery design and certification after short circuit

    02/07/2013 11:13:13 AM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | February 7, 2013 | Dominic Gates
    A short circuit inside one cell started the 787 battery fire, and assumptions used to certify the battery system proved wrong, the NTSB said Thursday.The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has pinpointed the start of the 787 Dreamliner battery fire on a parked Japan Airlines jet a month ago today as a short circuit inside a single cell. The agency still hasn’t identified the cause of the initial short circuit but has narrowed down the suspects. Details provided by the NTSB make clear that Boeing will have to redesign the battery for a long-term fix. In addition, the NTSB pointed...
  • Boeing Battery Quick Fix May Be Elusive

    01/28/2013 9:42:29 AM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 27, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    The crisis that has enveloped Boeing over the grounded Dreamliner, at a cost of billions of dollars in losses in addition to what has already been “invested” in it -- voluntarily by its owner/investors and coercively from taxpayers – exemplifies perhaps more than any other redistributionist corporatism scheme why government intervention is more headache than help. Pass the industrial-strength Excedrin. Of immediate concern to the Chicago-based jet-manufacturer is the lithium-ion battery that powers so many of the 787’s critical functions. Two instances of “thermal runaway” on Dreamliners’ owned by Japan-based airlines caused that country, and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration,to...
  • Boeing keeps building Dreamliners it can't fly

    01/27/2013 3:47:53 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | January 25, 2013
    Nobody is allowed to fly them. But Boeing can't stop churning them out. A federal probe into electrical fires has grounded all 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners around the world. But Boeing has little choice but to keep its assembly lines in South Carolina and Washington State running at their normal pace, building five jets a month. A significant slowdown in production, let alone a full shutdown, would be too costly for both Boeing and its suppliers who are counting on making parts for the aircraft.
  • Boeing Dreamliner fires spark new doubts about a green energy technology

    01/23/2013 8:14:54 AM PST · by libstripper · 9 replies
    Wasington Examiner ^ | January 23, 2012 | Richard Pollock
    When Federal Aviation Administration officials grounded Boeing's fleet of 787 Dreamliner commercial jets last week due to unexplained battery fires, one of President Obama's favorite green energy technologies got another black eye. Technologists and safety experts had long warned of problems with the lithium ion battery when in 2009 the president began betting billions of tax dollars that it should be the green power of choice for cars, trucks, and even aircraft.
  • FAA grounds Boeing's 787 Dreamliner jets

    01/16/2013 3:49:40 PM PST · by AnAmericanAbroad · 18 replies
    MSN News ^ | January 16, 2013 | Staff
    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says it is requiring airlines to temporarily stop flying Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday ordered U.S. airlines to temporarily stop flying Boeing's 787 Dreamliner following a series of mishaps. The agency said the decision to ground Boeing 787s was prompted by a second incident involving lithium ion battery failure. Earlier Wednesday, Japan's two leading airlines grounded their fleets of Boeing 787s after one of the Dreamliner passenger jets made an emergency landing.
  • Scrutiny of 787 fire ramps up; Boeing shares fall

    01/08/2013 3:16:43 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    AP ^ | January 8, 2013 | JOSHUA FREED
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal safety investigators intensified their scrutiny of a Monday fire aboard a Boeing 787 as concerned investors sold shares in the aircraft maker for a second day. Boeing on Tuesday confirmed that the fire aboard a Japan Airlines plane appeared to have started in a battery pack for the plane’s auxiliary power unit. The National Transportation Safety Board described the fire damage to the battery as ‘‘severe,’’ and said it is sending two more investigators to examine the Japan Airlines plane. It also formed investigative groups to look at the plane’s electrical systems as well as the...
  • 787 suffers "engine issue" on Charleston runway

    07/29/2012 7:07:57 PM PDT · by WeatherGuy · 17 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | July 29, 2012 | Staff
    The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating an engine malfunction in a 787 that may have caused a grass fire at Charleston International Airport, shutting down the runway for more than an hour Saturday afternoon. A Boeing statement emailed late Saturday confirmed that "a 787 experienced an engine issue today while undergoing preflight runway testing in North Charleston. As the NTSB investigates, Boeing and GE are working closely with the agency and are committed to resolving the issue appropriately."
  • Dreamliner jet “draws” Boeing logo across North America

    02/15/2012 6:58:22 PM PST · by perfect stranger · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Feb 15 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    A Boeing 787 jet took corporate loyalty to new heights when it "drew" the letters "787" followed by the company's logo across several thousand miles of North American skies. The etching of the letters and logo, while not visible from the ground, can be seen in the flight path plans.
  • Report: Boeing to settle NLRB lawsuit

    11/30/2011 11:43:56 AM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    The Post & Courier ^ | November 30, 2011 | Brendan Kearney
    Boeing and its Machinists' union have struck a deal that both settles the controversial National Labor Relations Board lawsuit and keeps the new 737 production line in Washington, the Seattle Times is reporting, citing unnamed sources. According to the report, the union will announce the agreement momentarily, at a 2 p.m. EST news conference. The agreement is huge news for South Carolina as Boeing's North Charleston plant had been at the center of the NLRB case. While the terms of the deal have not been announced, it would seem the Dreamliner production facility by Charleston International Airport is now in...
  • Boeing 787's inaugural flight lands in Hong Kong

    10/26/2011 8:09:09 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 26, 2011
    After a delay of more than three years, Boeing's much-hyped newest jet, the 787, made its first commercial flight from Tokyo to Hong Kong -- and landed on-time. The All Nippon Airways flight was packed mostly with aviation reporters and enthusiasts, some of whom paid thousands of dollars for the privilege and treated the experience like a rock concert, clapping after lift-off and snapping photos for posterity.
  • United Continental CEO says Boeing 787s coming in 2012

    09/30/2011 8:09:33 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 30, 2011
    As Japan welcomes the first Boeing 787, the world's largest carrier is patiently and anxiously waiting for its order. Jeff Smisek, head of the parent company for United and Continental airlines, on Thursday said he was last told by Boeing that the first of the 50 aircraft ordered by the company will be delivered to have in service in the second half of 2012. "We ordered that aircraft in December 2004. So I've been a very patient person," said Smisek, the president and CEO of United Continental Holdings Inc.
  • Dream becomes reality as Boeing's new carbon-fibre 787 Dreamliner heralds a new age of air travel

    09/26/2011 8:05:35 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Sept. 26, 2011 | Rob Waugh
    Aluminium has been the standard material used in aircraft for more than a century - even the Wright brothers' famous first flight in 1903 used an aircraft made partially from the metal. But the 'aluminium age' could be about to end - with the delivery of the first large-scale commercial aircraft made using 50 per cent 'composite materials' including plastics and carbon fibre. The much-delayed Boeing Dreamliner 787 has a range of 10,000 miles, is far quieter than ordinary jets, and is constructed using a 'moulding' process that has eliminated 1,500 aluminum sheets and 50,000 fasteners. It's also three years...
  • Boeing 787 Cleared For First Commercial Flight

    08/29/2011 9:28:46 AM PDT · by Still Thinking · 12 replies
    Manufacturing.Net ^ | August 29, 2011
    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- After nearly two years of flight tests and analysis, the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday cleared the way for the new Boeing 787 to take its first commercial flight. Boeing plans to deliver the first 787 to Japan's All Nippon Airways next month -- more than three years later than initially planned. The airline plans to fly it for the first time as a charter on Oct. 26 and begin regular service Nov. 1. Both the FAA and European regulators certified the plane for flight. Boeing completed flight tests on the 787 this month. The Chicago...
  • After Years of Delays, Boeing 787 Dreamliner gets FAA Certification

    08/27/2011 5:42:53 AM PDT · by lbryce · 43 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | August 26, 2011 | Staff
    <p>After years of setbacks and delays, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner was certified Friday by the U.S. government as safe and ready to fly passengers.</p> <p>The official FAA certification was announced at a ceremony at the Boeing site in Everett, just a few weeks before the first scheduled delivery of the airliner to Japan's All Nippon Airways on Sept. 28. The aircraft was also certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency.</p>
  • FAA clears the way for first Boeing 787 flight

    08/26/2011 11:22:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/26/11 | AP
    The Federal Aviation Administration has cleared the way for the new Boeing 787 to take its first commercial flight. Both the FAA and European regulators certified the plane for flight on Friday. Boeing plans to deliver the first 787 to Japan's All Nippon Airways in September. The airline plans to fly it for the first time as a charter on Oct. 26 and begin regular service Nov. 1. Delivery is about three years late.
  • Boeing confirms 787 certification flight test completion

    08/17/2011 5:12:30 PM PDT · by magellan · 4 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 17 August 2011 | Jon Ostrower
    Boeing has completed certification flight testing for the first delivery variant of its 787, finishing more than 4,800 hours and more than 25,000 test conditions. Aircraft ZA102, operating as flight BOE102 with 14 aboard, completed its final scheduled systems function and reliability (F&R) flight trials at 13:58 local time on 13 August, clearing the way for final certification documentation submittals to the US Federal Aviation Administration. The final day of certification flight trials for Boeing's first 787 variant with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 Package A engines brought the aircraft to Salt Lake City, Utah and Billings, Montana before returning to Paine...
  • EDITORIAL: Obama versus Boeing--House GOP takes aim at job-killing regulators

    05/25/2011 5:31:36 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 25, 2011 | Editorial
    House Republicans are fighting back against President Obama’s misuse of administrative power to punish right-to-work states. On Tuesday, Rep. Tim Scott introduced legislation to protect a Boeing 787 Dreamliner production plant in his South Carolina district from the outrageous complaint filed by pro-union thugs at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The agency wants to force the airline manufacturer to close up operations in Charleston and move the jobs to Puget Sound, where the labor bosses reign, because setting up in South Carolina was allegedly an example of “unfair labor practices.” The Job Protection Act would, if enacted, clarify that...
  • NLRB Admits Boeing Complaint Applies To Every Business & State

    05/23/2011 1:13:20 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 23, 2011 | Fred Wszolek
    The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision to issue a complaint regarding the Boeing facility in South Carolina is a poorly veiled act of revenge against a company that refused to let Big Labor bosses decide its future. As seemingly ridiculous and unbelievable as the attack on the part of the U.S. Government against an American corporation seeking to create jobs at home is, the consequences that this precedent sets for businesses and their right to work is downright dangerous. The case in question came up when, Boeing, after negotiations with their union in Washington State broke down, decided to...
  • Reid slams GOP ‘interference’ in Boeing labor clash

    05/11/2011 1:59:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 11, 2011 | Tim Devaney
    The Senate’s top Democrat on Wednesday harshly condemned what he said were “inappropriate” attempts by Republican lawmakers to intervene in a controversial labor dispute now before the National Labor Relations Board. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, said the GOP moves were an attempt to “poison the decision-making process” in the increasingly bitter dispute over plans by aerospace giant Boeing Co. to open a major new, nonunion manufacturing plant for its premier 787 Dreamliner fleet in South Carolina. The NLRB, in a move that has outraged leading business groups and South Carolina officials, has issued a complaint about the...
  • Republicans accuse President Obama of ‘enemies list’ in Boeing case

    05/11/2011 7:05:32 AM PDT · by massmike · 11 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 05/11/2011 | James Rosen
    Business leaders and Republican politicians accused President Barack Obama on Tuesday of punishing GOP states by trying to block Boeing from opening a major aircraft plant in South Carolina. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said the National Labor Relations Board’s move to compel Boeing to build a second 787 Dreamliner factory at its hub in Everett, Wash., should alarm all governors and state leaders. The NLRB’s top lawyer, Lafe Solomon, filed a case in April charging Boeing with union- busting and retaliating for past strikes at its Puget Sound facilities in deciding to locate the Dreamliner assembly line in South...
  • Top Republicans demand Obama weigh in on Boeing dispute

    05/10/2011 10:42:39 AM PDT · by redk · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/10/11 | Peter Hamby
    Washington (CNN) – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and a group of Republican senators demanded Tuesday that the Obama administration weigh in on the National Labor Relations Board's complaint against Boeing, saying the complaint could jeopardize thousands of South Carolina jobs and the future of free enterprise in the country. The NLRB's complaint alleges that Boeing decided to build a new 787 Dreamliner plant in South Carolina, a so-called "right-to-work" state, in retaliation against union workers in Washington state who had engaged in past strikes. The NRLB's Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon is seeking an order to keep that production...
  • Boeing illegally put second 787 line in S.C., complaint says

    04/20/2011 12:01:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 88 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | April 20, 2011 | Aubrey Cohen
    Boeing illegally put its second 787 Dreamliner assembly line in South Carolina in retaliation for strikes in Washington and should be required to build the line in Washington, according to a National Labor Relations Board complaint filed Wednesday. The board's acting general counsel filed the complaint in response to a charge that the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union District 751, backed by the national union, filed on March 29, 2010. A board administrative law judge is scheduled to hear the case on June 14. The complaint says Boeing executives "made coercive statements to its employees that it...
  • Boeing Sets 787 First Delivery for Third Quarter

    01/19/2011 9:08:48 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/19/2011 | Boeing via Wall Street Journal
    Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced today that it expects delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner in the third quarter of this year. The new delivery date reflects the impact of an in-flight incident during testing last November and includes the time required to produce, install and test updated software and new electrical power distribution panels in the flight test and production airplanes. "This revised timeline for first delivery accommodates the work we believe remains to be done to complete testing and certification of the 787," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. "We've also restored some...
  • The price of Boeing's 787 sales success

    12/21/2010 4:48:46 PM PST · by wolf78 · 5 replies · 2+ views
    FlightBlogger / Flightglobal ^ | December 21, 2010 | Jon Ostrower
    Inside: - How the 787 backlog was built - Predicable costs at 787's foundation - Scott Carson's ascent - Can the 787-9 undo the damage? - Looking at 17 787's per month - The revival of the 787-10 - Redrawing the supply chain lines Data obtained by FlightBlogger show Boeing's historic order backlog for the 787 was based partly on steep discounts driven by now-discarded design and manufacturing assumptions. Cost overruns, penalty payments and supply chain changes adopted in the last two years will force Boeing to achieve unprecedented cost-savings for the widebody to turn a profit even after delivering...
  • 787-10 back on the table as answer to A330-300

    12/20/2010 8:50:07 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 12/20/2010 | Scott Hamilton
    Even as Boeing continues to struggle with the 787-8 program, future planning calls for resurrecting plans for the 787-10 that have been on indefinite hold while working through technical issues and delays of the current model. Airbus has sold more A330s since the 787 program was announced than in the period leading up to the 787's launch. The A330-200 has been improved to now have an advertised 7,200nm range-nearly matching the low-end of the 787-8, according to Airbus estimates-and the A330-300 now has a 5,850nm range with more improvements planned to provide a few hundred miles more range. Nicole Piasecki,...
  • Dreamliner's woes pile up

    12/19/2010 8:27:52 AM PST · by buzzer · 88 replies · 2+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | December 18, 2010 | Dominic Gates
    As Boeing prepares to announce yet another delay for the 787 Dreamliner — at least three months, possibly six or more — the crucial jet program is in even worse shape than it appears. The problems go well beyond the latest setback, an in-flight electrical fire last month that has grounded the test planes.
  • Boeing engineers: Use delay to reconsider outsourcing on 787

    12/05/2010 8:19:03 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 12/3/2010 | Seattle PI
    Union Boeing engineers want the plane maker to use the latest delay in its 787 Dreamliner program to reevaluate what the union called a failed outsourcing strategy. Specifically, the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace board Thursday voted unanimously to urge Boeing to use the delay to evaluate parts coming from suppliers and, where appropriate, bring back work that is better performed by Boeing employees. "The outsourcing model has not worked," SPEEA President Tom McCarty said in a news release. "Recently, we've seen a few indications the company wants to reemphasize engineering. SPEEA members have the ability and experience...
  • Boeing: Foreign debris probably sparked 787 fire

    11/24/2010 7:07:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | On Wednesday November 24, 2010, 7:40 pm EST | Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer,
    Boeing Co. said Wednesday that some kind of foreign debris probably caused the electrical fire aboard a test flight for one of its new 787s earlier this month. The company said is making "minor design changes" to the plane's power-distribution panels and is working on a plan to resume test flights of the much-delayed plane.
  • Electrical fire forces emergency landing of 787 test plane

    11/09/2010 7:13:20 PM PST · by Yossarian · 28 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 11/9/2010 | Dominic Gates
    A serious in-flight fire in the electric equipment bay of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight test plane forced an emergency landing in Laredo, Texas, Tuesday. All aboard were safely evacuated on slides. The fire affected the cockpit controls and the jet lost its primary flight displays and its auto-throttle, according to a person familiar with the incident. The flight and engine controls, which on the Dreamliner are all-electric, weren't fully functional, this person said. A small emergency power generator called the Ram Air Turbine (RAT) that typically kicks in only when both primary and auxiliary power sources are lost was...
  • WTO rules some EU subsidies to Airbus illegal

    07/01/2010 2:39:21 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    WSJ Marketwatch ^ | 7/1/2010 | Christopher Hinton and Aude Lagorce
    The World Trade Organization on Wednesday faulted the European Union for providing cheap loans to Airbus to help lower its cost for developing new airplanes and take market share from Boeing Co. It's a clear victory for the Chicago-based manufacturer, providing the company with precedence to disrupt similar funding for the up-and-coming A350XWB, which will compete with its 787 Dreamliner. It could also help the company to score a $35 billion U.S. contract to replace the military's aging aerial-refueling fleet. "The ruling shows the WTO works and it can understand the aerospace industry," said Teal Group analyst Richard Aboulafia, who...
  • Boeing Confirms Success on 787 Wing, Fuselage Ultimate Load Test

    04/07/2010 5:38:27 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 3 replies · 479+ views
    Boeing,com ^ | Apr 7, 2010
    Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced today that all test requirements were successfully met during the 787 Dreamliner’s ultimate load wing and fuselage bending test. This follows a thorough analysis of the results from a test on the 787 static test airframe. “Successfully completing this test is a critical step in the certification of the 787. This is further validation that the 787 performs as expected, even in the most extreme circumstances,” said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. On March 28, loads were applied to the test unit to replicate 150 percent...
  • Boeing Test Chief Is ‘Giddy’ After 787’s First Month (Update2)

    01/15/2010 8:43:05 AM PST · by skeptoid · 4 replies · 920+ views
    Business Week ^ | January 14, 2010, | Susanna Ray
    Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Boeing Co.’s test-program manager says the new 787 Dreamliner has exceeded his expectations in the first month of flying and he’s ready to take on the next challenge, the maiden flight of the 747-8 jumbo jet.