Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times

Dominic Gates

The Seattle Times

Seattle, WA, United States

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Despite wary labor unions and conservative opposition, Boeing will require all employees to be vaccinated

Boeing management told employees Tuesday that COVID-19 vaccinations will be mandatory. This follows the Executive Order from the President mandating vaccinations for all employees of federal contractors. → Read More

Boeing returns more 737 MAXs to skies as other orders are canceled in uneven recovery

Boeing delivered 28 commercial jets in July, including 22 of its single-aisle 737 MAXs. With international air travel severely reduced, it delivered no twin-aisle passenger jets. Boeing's net order tally for the year rose by just three, to 270 jets. → Read More

FAA demands that Boeing flight manuals give more detail on pilot emergency procedures

Under intensifying FAA scrutiny after the fatal MAX crashes, Boeing must rework the 777X and MAX 10 flight manuals to include precise instructions on pilot emergency procedures. → Read More

‘Best day ever!’ Bezos, 3 others journey into space and back

Jeff Bezos, creator of Amazon and the richest man in the world, blasted off this morning atop a New Shepard rocket built by his space company Blue Origin. He and three others were on the brief, 11-minute flight. → Read More

Boeing ousts longtime head of government relations in Washington, D.C.

Tim Keating, Boeing's executive vice president of government operations, the company's chief lobbyist and political strategist in Washington, D.C., was ousted Monday with no explanation for his abrupt departure. → Read More

FAA mandates inspection checks on Boeing 737 MAX flight-control system

The new FAA directive requires a check of the entire flight control software system every 6,000 flight hours, which could be about every two years for a jet that's used intensively on domestic routes. → Read More

After fireballs streaked across sky, space-junk sleuths got busy — and hit the jackpot in Washington

A NOAA meteorologist, a software geek and a fulltime meteorite hunter together tracked the debris from a SpaceX rocket re-entry that went awry March 25, and located large pieces that fell on eastern Washington. → Read More

New electrical flaw grounds more than 60 737 MAXs, adding to Boeing’s woes

The latest manufacturing flaw is unrelated to the flight-control system implicated in two fatal crashes that grounded the 737 MAX for nearly two years, but it undermines the positive momentum that had begun to build. → Read More

SpaceX expands its satellite operation in Redmond

SpaceX is leasing two new buildings under construction at the Redmond Ridge Business Park, where the company already occupies several buildings. → Read More

Boeing puts up for sale its Commercial Airplanes headquarters campus outside Seattle

Boeing is moving forward with plans to sell its Commercial Airplanes headquarters at the Longacres site in Renton. It says top executives will "touch down" in offices throughout the region near the company's production and delivery facilities. → Read More

FAA safety engineer goes public to slam the agency’s oversight of Boeing’s 737 MAX

In a detailed letter to a family that lost a daughter in the Boeing 737 MAX crash in Ethiopia two years ago, and in interviews with The Seattle Times, a... → Read More

Older Boeing 777s grounded for inspections following engine explosion over Denver

United, the only U.S. operator with this type of engine in its fleet, said that starting immediately it is voluntarily and temporarily removing 24 Boeing 777 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney 4000 series engines from the the airline's schedule. → Read More

Alaska Airlines struggled to handle last weekend’s snowstorm

Alaska cancelled more than 400 mainline flights at Sea-Tac during last weekend's snowstorm. Delta fared much better in dealing with the weather. Both say they applied some lessons learned in the "Snowmaggedon" storm of February 2019. → Read More

Boeing clears out its Commercial Airplanes headquarters complex in Renton

The emptying out of the headquarters is a clear sign that Boeing is preparing the complex for sale. "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know where this is going," said one employee. → Read More

Boeing tops Airbus for deliveries in January as 737 MAX returns; timing set for final 747

A fast pace of getting parked MAXs ready for airline customers meant Boeing delivered more jets than Airbus last month for the first time since the MAX was grounded. However, deliveries of other Boeing models remain very slow. → Read More

Boeing outsourcing 600 IT jobs to Dell

Boeing will outsource IT support and the routine updating of its companywide computers to Dell. About 600 non-union jobs will be lost, about 10% of Boeing’s IT staff. → Read More

Boeing’s 2020 production fell to lowest level in almost 50 years

U.S. aerospace leader Boeing delivered just 157 jets last year — down from a record 806 jets in 2018 — and lost more than 1,000 orders. Meanwhile, rival Airbus delivered 566 airplanes in 2020 and added 268 net orders. → Read More

Amazon bought 11 jets for its freighter fleet for the first time

Amazon announced Tuesday that last year it bought 11 used Boeing 767s from Delta and WestJet of Canada for conversion to air freighters. → Read More

Alaska Airlines orders more Boeing 737 MAXs to replace most of its Airbus jets

Alaska Airlines is ordering another 23 Boeing 737 MAX 9s to replace all its Airbus A320s and A319s. The terms involve paying no cash down for the first 13 deliveries next year. Here's why the Seattle-based airline is buying the... → Read More

Conserving cash, Boeing gives stock instead of pay raises to nonunion employees

Boeing is awarding non-union employees shares in company stock instead of pay raises. It said the stock awards will go to about 82,000 employees and will vest in three years, provided the employee is still working through that date. → Read More