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Archives: Aug. 2009

Aug.
31st

Hawaiian Airlines best for tarmac delays

New figures from the federal Bureau of Transporation Statistics showed Hawaiian Airlines fared the best for multi-hour tarmac delays in June.


The Honolulu-based carrier suffered no delays over two hours during that month, the latest for which the BTS has gathered figures.


Second best was SeaTac’s Alaska Airlines with just two delays between two and three hours.


Airlines with extensive operations at East Coast airports had the worst record. United Airlines had 116 of its flights delayed on the ground more than two hours with six flights with ground delays between four and five hours.


Delta

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Aug.
31st

PSE wants to lower your natural gas bills

If the state’s Utilites and Transportation approves, your gas bills could be going down this winter.


Down?


Yes, Puget Sound Energy, which supplies natural gas to much of the Puget Sound area, today asked the WUTC to reduce the price it charges for gas by 17.1 percent. That decrease, effective Oct. 1, would come on top of a 1.8 percent decrease that was effective in June.


Behind the request for a decrease is a decline in the wholesale prices the utility pays its suppliers. Natural gas prices have decreased along with gasoline and crude oil prices as

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Aug.
31st

Tacoma Power in top quartile for customer satisfaction

Tacoma Power is in the top 25 percent of utilities when it comes to customer satisfaction, the utility announced today.


Tacoma Power tied for 24th place out of 120 utilities across the nation in the annual J.D. Power Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Survey, according to a news release.


When compared to other midsized utilities in the west, Tacoma Power ranked fifth out of 12.


The J.D. Power survey measures six components:


- Power quality and reliability

– Price

– Billing and payment

– Corporate citizenship

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Aug.
31st

Redfin launches new iPhone app

Seattle-based online real estate broker Redfin launched an app for the iPhone today that lets users view homes for sale on the Multiple Listing Service.


With the Redfin app, iPhone and iPod touch users can look at homes for sale and upload photos and notes from home tours to Redfin’s real estate search site.


Users can find nearby listings and open houses or search neighborhoods by name or zip code and then filter the search by property type, square footage or the number of bedrooms and bathrooms.


“Redfin’s app is a home-buying app not

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Aug.
31st

Carson retiring as head of Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Scott Carson, who has presided over Boeing Puget Sound-based Commercial Airplanes Group since Alan Mulallay left to head up Ford Motor Co., will retire at year’s end.


The 63-year-old Carson has headed the commercial airplanes operation during some of its toughest times as the vaunted 787 Dreamliner program faltered from technical and production delays.


Carson’s replacement will be Jim Albaugh, 59, the head of Boeing’s Integrated Defense Systems division. Albaugh’s successor is Dennis Muilenburg, 45. Muilenburg has served as head of Boeing’s Integrated Defense System’s Global Support unit.


Both Albaugh and Muilenburg will assume their new positions

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Aug.
28th

Construction could begin this fall on Foss Hotel

Ground-breaking for the first of two new hotels on downtown Tacoma’s Foss Waterway could come this fall.


That’s the latest word from Bellingham’s Hollander Investments which plans to buy the potential hotel site near South 15th and Dock streets early this fall from Seattle hotelier Bob Thurston.


If construction begins, it will be a long-delayed victory for the Thea Foss Waterway Authority, which has waited five years for a hotel to be built. The authority, which is overseeing redevelopment of the formerly industrial waterway, has worked unsuccessfully with two prior developers to see a hotel constructed.


Hollander

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Aug.
28th

Huge containership calls on Port of Seattle

A jumbo-sized containership longer than the QE2 or the Navy’s aircraft carriers, called on the Port of Seattle this week.


The ZIM Djibouti with a capacity of 10,000 20-foot shipping containers, was the largest containership ever to call at the port.


The ship called on the port’s Terminal 18 Thursday.


The Zim Djibouti is 1,145 feet long and 151 feet wide. The QE2 is 962 feet long. The USS Abraham Lincoln, a Navy carrier homeported in Everett is 1,092 feet long.



The Zim Djibouti is not the

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Aug.
28th

New and used car registrations down in July in state

New car registrations in Washington fell by 31.6 percent in July in Washington while used car registrations dropped 10.8 percent in the state, according to new information from Cross-Sell.com.


In the new car segment, 16,602 new cars were titled in the state in July compared with 24,285 in the same month last year.


Compact cars, mid-sized cars and compact sport utility vehicles sold best in the new car segment in the state, reflecting the lingering concern of car buyers about high gas prices.


In the used car market last month, top-selling segments were mid-sized cars, compact

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