Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times

Dominic Gates

The Seattle Times

Seattle, WA, United States

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Past articles by Dominic:

Cold, wet week ahead for Seattle area; high, gusty winds Monday night

The National Weather Service has issued a warning of high winds throughout Western Washington starting Monday evening and lasting through the night. → Read More

Former CEO Muilenburg’s venture after Boeing fails

The investment firm founded by former Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg has failed and after two years will liquidate. Public investors should not lose money. → Read More

FAA clears hydrogen-powered airplane for first flight at Moses Lake

The FAA granted Universal Hydrogen clearance to proceed with a first flight of its hydrogen-powered test airplane. The flight could be as early as this month. → Read More

Boeing added 15,000 jobs in 2022, with more hiring ahead

Boeing hired 23,000 people in 2022, a net gain of almost 15,000 jobs after accounting for attrition and retirement. It plans to hire 10,000 more in 2023. → Read More

Pitching investors, Boeing projects short-term pain, then stability

Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun projected that recovery from the company's challenges won't come until 2025 or 2026, and Boeing will not deliver its next new commercial jet until the middle of the 2030s. → Read More

First all-new, electric commuter airplane takes flight at Moses Lake

Eviation’s all-electric prototype plane made its first flight Tuesday. The design of the production models will differ substantially. Certification is 5 years out. → Read More

Boeing to resell some 737 MAXs built for Chinese airlines

Boeing's top executives said Thursday they will begin to resell some of the 737 MAXs built for Chinese airlines. → Read More

Pension deadline could speed retirement of experienced Boeing engineers

Just as the aviation industry is springing back, the pension lump sums for Boeing engineers will be dramatically reduced in November — prompting some experienced engineers to weigh retirement earlier than planned. → Read More

For the first time this spring, Alaska Airlines starts a month with few cancellations

After a holiday weekend with relatively few flight cancellations, Alaska Airlines on June 1 avoided the cancellation chaos that hit badly on April 1 and May 1. → Read More

Alaska Airlines says flight cancellations to continue through May, ease in June

Alaska Airlines' CEO told employees the spate of cancellations — about 50 flights a day — will continue in May but should stabilize in June. → Read More

Eastside woman will shepherd precious cargo into Ukraine on a mission that created a community

A coalition of local Ukrainian Americans, ex-U.S. military vets and Stanford MBA students organized an airlift of 32 tons of medical supplies from Seattle to Ukraine. → Read More

When Boeing 787 deliveries resume, FAA will certify each plane itself

When the FAA finally approves resumption of Boeing 787 deliveries, it will insist on performing final inspections on each newly built jet before delivery. → Read More

Boeing launches new large freighter jet with big Qatar order

Boeing launched the 777-8F freighter. Qatar Airways ordered 34 while canceling 20 777X passenger models. It also ordered 25 737 MAX 10s and two 777Fs. → Read More

Boeing reports net loss in 2021 as cost of 787 delivery halt soars to $5.5 billion

Boeing said the cost of the prolonged halt to deliveries of its 787 jet has soared to $5.5 billion. And it wrote off an additional $402 million on the KC-46 Air Force tanker program. Boeing's net loss in 2021 was... → Read More

With Boeing production stalled, Airbus remains No. 1 jet maker

For Airbus and Boeing, the key sign of recovery is new jet orders. On that score, it was unclear which manufacturer came out on top in 2021. It depends which numbers you choose to count. → Read More

Boeing sells its Commercial Airplanes headquarters for $100M, completing its local real estate divestments

Boeing sold its Commercial Airplanes headquarters campus at Longacres for $100M. The Seattle-based buyer, Unico Properties, said it will develop the site as a transit-oriented investment. → Read More

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