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Category: Aerospace

June
28th

Grocery workers to post informational pickets Wednesday

Attempts to reach a new labor agreement for some 30,000 grocery workers in the Puget Sound area are reaching a confrontational stage.

Workers represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, will post informational pickets outside 12 stores Wednesday to draw attention to what they say are attempts by local grocery chains to cut back their pay and benefits.

Those informational pickets will march in front of the stores between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. One Tacoma store, the Fred Meyer at 6901 South 19th Street, has been targeted among the dozen Puget Sound stores.

The union claims

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June
28th

Sea-Tac Airport closing middle runway for repairs for nearly a month

Sea-Tac Airport will close one of its three runways from July 8 through Aug. 2 to replace deteriorating concrete panels to extend the runway’s life.

The airport says the closure of its middle runway won’t delay aircraft arrivals or departures.  The summertime closure is the third time in the last four years the airport has shut down that 44-year-old runway for panel replacement.  The airport needs to completely repave the runway, but by replacing broken panels, the Port of Seattle, the airport’s owner, can postpone the reconstruction until 2016.

The airport prolonged the reconstruction by replacing 144 concrete panels in

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June
27th

Boeing to lay off 266 more workers in the Puget Sound area

Boeing issued layoff warning notices to 266 more workers in the Puget Sound area Thursday bring to more than 1,500 the number of workers it has told they will be losing their jobs this year.

The latest notices were the fourth round this year by the aerospace company. Boeing has said it is trimming its forces here as work on major developmental projects such as the 747-8 and the 787-8 and 787-9 airliners diminishes.

The company has said it will lay off as many as 1,700 engineers and technical workers this year.

The workers receiving notices this week will be

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June
24th

South Sound residents should allow more time to get to Sea-Tac

Two construction projects near Sea-Tac Airport are causing periodic delays for South Sound residents wanting to make a quick trip to Sea-Tac Airport.

The Washington Department of Transportation is resurfacing and grinding concrete panels on Washington 518 between I-5 and International Boulevard this summer.  The department is shutting down parts or all lanes of 518 late at night to allow the construction to happen.

Those shutdowns are likely to affect only airport users catching a red-eye or early morning flight.

On the south end of the airport, construction of an extension of Sound Transits elevated light rail line from the

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June
20th

Local musicians extending live music program at Sea-Tac Airport

A pilot program that brought local artists to Sea-Tac Airport for live performances is being extended to the end of the year.

The pilot program began three months ago with Northwest artists performing at various locations in the terminal.  Sponsors of the program are the airport’s owner, the Port of Seattle,  the Seattle Music Commission and PlayNetwork.

“There has been a tremendously positive response from the traveling public for the live performances,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton. “Passengers have been pleasantly surprised by the entertainment and our performers have received encouraging feedback. It really does improve the passenger

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June
20th

Paris Air Show yields three strong business prospects for Pierce County

A sales trip to the world’s most important gathering of aerospace industry businesses, the Paris Air Show, has yielded three strong business leads for Pierce County, say local officials who made the trip.

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy and Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board Chief Executive Officer Bruce Kendall said Thursday that two European avionics companies and one American testing concern have shown strong interest in Pierce County.

McCarthy and Kendall were part of a 100-member Washington delegation to the air show at Le Bourget airport outside Paris this week.

The two said they had meetings with 31 companies over

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June
19th

Boeing says it will deliver its first 737 Max early

Just when airlines were becoming accustomed to the notion that aircraft manufacturers’ delivery dates are reliable as politicians’ promises, Boeing Wednesday announced that it will deliver its first new 737 Max aircraft up to six months early.

The company said the first of the updated 737s will be delivered to launch customer Southwest Airlines in the third quarter of 2017 instead of late in the fourth quarter of that year.

That news of an early delivery came after years of delays not only from Boeing but from all major manufacturers.  Boeing delivered its first 787 Dreamliner three and a half

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June
18th

Alaska Air Group orders three new planes worth $98 million to expand Alaska service

Alaska Air Group’s Horizon Air regional subsidiary has ordered three new Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners to allow it to expand Horizon Air’s service to Alaska.

The order, announced Tuesday, is worth $98 million at list prices.  Horizon Air, with 48 Q400 aircraft, is the largest operator of Q400 aircraft in the world.  Horizon Air flies only Q400 aircraft.

The three additional planes will allow Alaska Airlines to substitute the 76-passenger turboprop planes for Boeing 737 jets on its Anchorage-Fairbanks route.  Horizon flies on Alaska Airlines’ behalf connecting smaller cities and on shorter routes. Both Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air

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