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Boeing wins rare 747-8 Freighter order

With orders for the latest version of Boeing’s iconic 747 continuing to struggle, the company Thursday announced an order for two of the freighter version of the jumbo jet from Silk Way Airlines, a cargo carrier in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Boeing put the value of  the two freighters at $704 million at list prices.

The 747-8 is the fifth generation of the 4-engine jumbo jet that debuted in the last ’60s.  The 747-8 features new, fuel-efficient engines, an improved wing, an updated interior and electronics.  Boeing has net orders for 105 of the planes.  The company has sold just five of

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Monique Trudnowski appointed to Tacoma Public Utilities board

Monique Trudnowski, Tacoma restaurant owner and chairwoman of the Tacoma Regional Convention + Vistor Bureau, has been appointed to serve a five-year term as a member of the Tacoma Public Utility board. She will attend her first board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

In her role as co-owner and operator of Adriatic Grill Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar, and as a community activist, Trudnowski recently received congressional recognition for her service to the greater Tacoma area and the state.

“I am interested in adding another layer of knowledge and advocacy by serving the customers of Tacoma Public Utilities,” Trudnowski

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And Boeing’s featured airline of the month is — Asiana Airlines

Of the dozens of airlines that Boeing counts as its faithful customers, which did the company single out for accolades  in the July issue of its slick Frontiers magazine?

You’d be right if you said Asiana Airlines, the airline whose Flight 214, a Boeing 777,  crashed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday while attempting to land.  Two passengers died.

Boeing had picked Asiana for its July customer profile weeks before the accident.  The magazine was distributed July 1 through July 5.

If the ties that bind Boeing and Asiana weren’t public enough before the landing incident, they are now

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Tacoma Top Food & Drug closing

Walmart’s decision to build a store in Tacoma is already having an effect on the city’s retail landscape, though the retail giant’s store has yet to open.

Tacoma’s Top Food & Drug store, a neighbor of the new Walmart,  will close in four to six weeks, the company announced Wednesday.

The store at 3130 South 23rd Street will soon be competing with Walmart, which opens in mid-summer on the site of the former Tacoma Elks Lodge about a block north of the Top Food location.

Haggen Inc., Top Food & Drug owner, said Walmart’s presence was a factor in the

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Containership sets new size record for Port of Tacoma

A container ship longer and wider than a Navy aircraft carrier called at the Port of Tacoma’s Washington United Terminal Wednesday setting a new record for vessel size at the port.

The Zim Djibouti  has a capacity of 10,000 container units, about 40 percent larger than the typical container vessel that calls on port terminals.

Before the Wednesday morning trip by the Zim Djibouti up the Blair Waterway, the largest container ship to call at the port had a capacity of 8,500 container units, said Tara Mattina, the port’s communications director.

The container vessel is 1,145 feet long and 151

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Tacoma-built high-technology fishing boat heading for Alaska

A boat whose bright blue hull had become a landmark along Tacoma’s Thea Foss Waterway over the last few months has bid goodbye to Tacoma and the shipyard that built it.

The Northern Leader, the largest commercial fishing boat built in the Northwest in the last two decades, left its moorings at J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding Co. Sunday afternoon headed to Seattle for some brief final outfitting.  The vessel, 184 feet long and 42 feet wide, will then sail to Alaska where it will begin its working life.

The vessel’s departure was marked by a relatively rare occurrence, the raising of

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SeaTac’s Alaska Air Group passenger traffic up 7.5 percent in June

Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, is reporting its passenger traffic rose by 7.5 percent in June.

That percentage increase matched the two airlines’ change in capacity exactly yielding a load factor (the percentage of seats filled by paying passengers) of 87.1 percent last month, an identical figure to that the airline holding company saw in June of 2012.

Alaska Airlines’ capacity increase of 8.6 percent was greater than its increase in passenger traffic of 8.1 percent decreasing the load factor on the long-haul carrier’s planes from 87.9 percent in June 2012 to 87.4

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Liquor Control Board looking for input on new rules: in person or by mail, e-mail or fax

The Washington State Liquor Control Board is seeking input on the latest set of proposed rules concerning the implementation of Initiative 502. Following a report by consultants, the board on Wednesday filed with the state Code Reviser’s Office. The next step will be a series of public meetings. The dates and times are as follows, with the exact locations to be announced later.

August 6: North Seattle, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
August 7: Olympia, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
August 7, Ellensburg, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
August 8, Spokane, from 6:00 p.m.

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