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Archives: Nov. 2010

Nov.
30th

Second test Dreamliner returning from Texas

Boeing’s second test 787 Dreamliner, ZA002, was at 43,000 feet over southeastern Idaho shortly before 3 p.m. today as it headed home from Texas after the effects of a fire two weeks ago were repaired.

The aircraft was scheduled to arrive at Boeing Field shortly after 4 p.m. It left Laredo, Texas at noon.

The aircraft will be the final one of six Dreamliners to return to the Northwest after a fire in the aft power panel on ZA002 grounded the fleet. The aircraft won’t be conducting any test flying on its return.

A fire caused by a loose

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Nov.
30th

North American trade numbers up 19.3 percent in September

The United States’ commerce with its largest North American trading partners, Canada and Mexico, was up 19.3 percent in September, new figures from the federal Bureau of Transportation Statistics show.

Those figures, released today, show cross-border surface trade still remains 4.8 percent below September 2008 levels despite the healthy increase this year over 2009.

Total surface trade with Canada totaled $36.57 billion in September this year compared with $30.82 billion in September 2009. Total trade with Mexico and Canada jumped from
$57.3 billion last year in September compared to $68.32 billion in that month this year.

BTS statistics rank

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Nov.
30th

Paccar bringing back laid off workers at Renton Kenworth truck plant

A two-year suspension of highway truck assembly at Kenworth’s Renton plant is ending as the company begins recalling some workers laid off when the company halted on-road truck assembly there.

Kenworth, a division of Bellevue’s Paccar Inc., shut down production of highway trucks two years ago and concentrated assembly of those trucks at its Ohio plant.

Now, as demand is rising for new vehicles, the Ohio plant is at capacity, and Kenworth is ramping up production in Renton. Kenworth had continued to build off-road trucks at the Renton plant during the downturn.

The gradual return of some workers is a

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Nov.
30th

Former all-Boeing airline orders more Airbuses

Hawaiian Airlines, once an all-Boeing carrier, today moved farther into the Airbus camp ordering 6 additional wide-bodied Airbus A-330-200s.

The new order brings Hawaiians total orders for the twin-jets to 22. Hawaiian began service with the first of its A-330s this year. It now has three of the long-haul jets and an existing backorder of seven more. In addition to the A-330s, Hawaiian has also placed orders for six new technology A-350XWBs. The A-350 is Airbus’s answer to Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner,

New contract will total 22 long-haul Airbus aircraft for airline

Hawaiian’s A330-200s transport 294 passengers in a two-class

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Nov.
30th

Panama’s Copa Airlines buys 22 Boeing 737s

Panama’s Copa Airlines today consummated its largest airplane order in history with a commitment to buy 22 Boeing-built 737 aircraft.

The order is worth $1.7 billion at list prices, but quantity buyers such as Copa often receive discounts.

The aircraft, all 737-800s, a plane in the middle of the 737 model line when measured by capacity, will be built in Boeing’s Renton plant.

The order was previously listed on Boeing’s orders and deliveries website as coming from an unidentified buyer.

“We thank Copa Airlines for this significant order and are very proud to partner with one of the most successful

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Nov.
29th

Computer issues delaying unemployment checks

Some 250,000 former Washington workers won’t won’t be seeing their unemployment payments showing up at the usual time this week.

A weekend reprogramming of the state’s Employment Security computers is taking longer than expected said Employment Security spokeswoman Sheryl Hutchinson.

Unemployment benefits could be as much as two or three days late, she said, depending upon whether the unemployed receive their benefits by direct deposit or by mail. Direct deposit claimants could see their benefits hit their banks as early as Wednesday, with mail recipients seeing checks later this week. Some 50 percent of Washington unemployment recipients still receive their

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Nov.
29th

Amazon stock hits new 52-week high as Cyber Monday shoppers hit the Net

Investors pumped up Amazon.com’s stock today to a new 52-week high today as Internet shoppers entered orders for an estimated $1 billion on Monday among all etailers.

Stock in the nation’s largest on-line merchant closed at $179.49 a share today, up $2.29 from last week’s close. The previous 52-week closing high was $178.38.

The Seattle-based etailer is expected to cash in on improving sales throughout the retail sector this year.

Monday, dubbed Cyber Monday by retail analysts, is one of the year’s largest days for on-line sales.

On-line merchants such as Amazon are pumping up sales this year by

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Nov.
29th

Analysts expect six months more delay in Dreamliner deliveries

Wall Street analysts queried by the New York Times today predicted Boeing will soon announce another delay in the first delivery of its trouble-plagued 787 Dreamliner jet.

The company is still working to resolve issues with an electrical panel in a test plane that sparked a fire two weeks ago as the aircraft was landing in Laredo, Texas.

Boeing said it will make minor changes to the electrical panel itself where the fire started. The company believes that a small foreign object caused a short circuit that triggered the fire.

The aerospace company is also expected to make modifications to

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