The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace’s Technical Unit leadership is scheduled to meet Friday to approve a second vote on a contract offer from Boeing rejected by members early last week. (Photo: John Croft)
After seven months of negotiations that grew so bitter federal mediators had to intercede, Boeing’s engineers have agreed to accept the company’s four-year contract offer, although its technical workers voted to reject their offer and authorized a strike.
Eurocopter fulfilled an offset obligation with the opening of a 12,000-sq.-meter (129,167-sq.-ft.) factory in Mexico that will supply Airbus commercial jets and its own Ecureil family of light multi-purpose helicopters.
American Airlines has formally completed orders for 145 aircraft from Boeing that date to 2008.
The largest portion of the firm order is for 100 Boeing 737 MAXs that American committed to in July 2011, when it unveiled a then unprecedented narrowbody order with Airbus and Boeing that also marked the launch of the MAX program.
American ordered 100 Boeing 737 NGs at the same time.
Defense aircraft orders from international customers have grown to 41% of Boeing’s total backlog and account for 24% of Boeing Defense, Space & Security’s current backlog, the company reported in a 2012 earnings call Jan. 30. (Photo: Boeing)
Boeing said a “highly compartmentalized” engineering staff is keeping its new programs—the 737 MAX and long-range 787-9—on track even as it tackles battery safety issues that have grounded the world 787 fleet.
Final assembly of the long-range 787-9 and the “firm configuration” check-off for the design of the 737 MAX remain on schedule for mid-year, Boeing CEO James McNerney said today in a 2012 earnings call. First 787-9 delivery to Air New Zealand is set for early next year and the first of the MAXs to Southwest Airlines in 2017.
The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (Speea) has pushed back a vote on a new four-year contact with Boeing until Feb. 18 at the earliest, about two weeks later than originally planned.
The 10-member Speea negotiating panel, however, still is expected to recommend a “no” vote on the contract and ask its 22,900 engineer and technical members at Boeing Commercial Airplanes factories in California, Oregon, Utah and Washington to authorize a strike.
Negotiators for Boeing’s 15,500 unionized engineers and 7,400 technical workers are expected to seek authority to strike after recommending a “no” vote on the “best and final” contract offer made by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. (Photo: Boeing)
A sweetened pay proposal made by Boeing late last week will get a frosty reception from the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (Speea) Wednesday afternoon when talks resume on a four-year contract.
Boeing this week reached another milestone in its production rate increase when a 777 freighter destined for Korean Air rolled out of the manufacturer’s Everett, Wash., factory.
Now in the paint shop, the freighter was the first produced under Boeing’s 8.3-aircraft-per-month production rate, a pace that will result in building 100 of the twin-engine widebody jets a year. Last year, Boeing delivered 83 777s, at a rate of 6.9 a month.
About 4-6 million years ago, “something big” happened at the center of the Milky Way and NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (Sofia) has brought back the latest pictures.
The “something big” was bursts of energy that created the Quintuplet Cluster (QC), Central Cluster and other massive star clusters at the center of the galaxy, says Matt Hankins of the University of Central Arkansas, lead author of a paper presented this week to the American Astronomical Society’s meeting in Long Beach, Calif., on an unprecedented view of that event.
Final prelaunch tests will begin Jan. 11 for NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission now that Lockheed Martin Space Systems has completed integrating the science instruments with the spacecraft at its Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, Calif.