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Apr 14, 2014

Faster Wi-Fi on flights leads to battle in the sky

NEW YORK/HAMBURG (Reuters) – Wi-Fi in the sky is taking off, promising much better connections for travelers and a bonanza for the companies that sell the systems.

With satellite-based Wi-Fi, Internet speeds on jetliners are getting lightning fast. And airlines are finding that travelers expect connections in the air to rival those on the ground – and at lower cost.

Apr 7, 2014

Boeing cuts final C-17 output by three jets, ends production early

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will produce three fewer of its famed C-17 cargo-carrying military transport planes than expected as it closes the production line, reflecting further decline in demand for the aircraft, the company said on Monday.

Boeing said that it would shut the production line in southern California three months earlier than anticipated, in mid-2015 instead of late 2015, a decision that affects about 2,200 workers there. The closure also affects 300 workers in St. Louis, Missouri, 300 in Macon, Georgia, and fewer than 200 in Mesa, Arizona, spokeswoman Cindy Anderson said.

Apr 1, 2014

Boeing machinists to vote in rare leadership challenge

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) machinists cast ballots on Thursday in a rare election for control of one of North America’s largest industrial unions, a contest that could see a shift to a more militant stance if the challengers are successful.

At stake is leadership of 332,000 dues-paying members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers, which represents workers as diverse as airline ticket agents, wood workers and lobstermen, as well as about 32,000 workers in the Seattle area who assemble Boeing jetliners.

Mar 26, 2014

Ex-Spirit Aero staff claim their high health costs led to layoffs

NEW YORK, March 26 (Reuters) – Former employees of Spirit
Aerosystems Holdings Inc, a major supplier to plane
makers Boeing and Airbus, filed charges with federal agencies on
Wednesday alleging that Spirit illegally used health care
information to target those who were costing the company most
for layoffs.

Ten former employees claim they were selected when the
company cut 360 positions last summer because they or covered
family members had costly disabilities or medical conditions.

Mar 8, 2014

Malaysia Airlines has one of Asia’s best safety records

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Malaysia Airlines, operator of Flight MH370 that went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Saturday, has established a record as one of the Asia-Pacific’s best full-service carriers in terms of safety and service despite some recent financial problems.

The Kuala Lumpur-based carrier competes with AirAsia domestically, and with the likes of AirAsia X, Emirates, Singapore Airlines , Thai Airways and Cathay Pacific on international routes.

Mar 7, 2014

Boeing reports wing cracks on 787 Dreamliners in production

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Friday that “hairline cracks” had been discovered in the wings of 40 787 Dreamliners that are still in production, marking another setback for its newest jet.

The cracks have not been found on in-service planes and therefore posed no flight risk, and the problem will not alter Boeing’s plans to deliver 110 787s this year, the Chicago-based aerospace and defense giant said.

Mar 4, 2014

Insight: As Boeing, Airbus factories hum, suppliers get rattled

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The world’s largest plane makers are soaring these days, fueled by historic demand for new jets that has cranked up their factories to record speeds.

But booming sales of aircraft, far from being a bonanza for suppliers, are spurring brutal competition between Airbus Group NV and Boeing Co, which are demanding better deals from the companies that make billions of parts the factories need.

Mar 3, 2014

As Boeing, Airbus factories hum, suppliers get rattled

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The world’s largest plane makers are soaring these days, fueled by historic demand for new jets that has cranked up their factories to record speeds.

But booming sales of aircraft, far from being a bonanza for suppliers, are spurring brutal competition between Airbus Group NV and Boeing Co, which are demanding better deals from the companies that make billions of parts the factories need.

Feb 27, 2014

Boeing Black: This smartphone will self-destruct…

NEW YORK, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Boeing Co on Wednesday
unveiled a smartphone that appears to come straight from a James
Bond spy movie.

In addition to encrypting calls, any attempt to open the
casing of the Boeing Black Smartphone deletes all data and
renders the device inoperable.

Feb 27, 2014

Boeing offering ‘black phone’ for secure communications

NEW YORK, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Boeing Co said on
Wednesday it has begun offering a specialized mobile phone aimed
at government agencies and contractors who need to keep
communication and data secure.

The Boeing Black Smartphone is based on Google Inc’s
Android operating system and built into a black,
tamper-proof handset capable of accessing multiple cell networks
instead of a single network like a normal cellphone, according
to Boeing and filings with the U.S. Federal Communications
Commission.