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Boeing in Washington

Boeing in Washington

by Boeing on March 18, 2020


737 MAX Update

This month Boeing and its employees somberly marked the one-year anniversary of the fatal crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. We continue to extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of those onboard, as well as to the families and loved ones of Lion Air Flight 610.

Boeing also continues to provide technical assistance in support of the investigation at the request, and under the direction of, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, the Accredited Representative for the United States. The company looks forward to reviewing the full details and formal recommendations that will be included in the final report from the Ethiopian Accident Investigation Bureau.


What's New

Vote by Washington legislature facilitates full WTO compliance

Last week in Olympia, the Washington legislature voted to repeal the state's aerospace business and occupation tax rate, bringing the United States into full World Trade Organization (WTO) compliance by fixing the single finding against the United States. 

Next generation of manufacturing talent takes center stage at SkillsUSA

More than 60 students vied for the top honors at this year's SkillsUSA Washington Aerospace Assembler Competition held recently at Boeing. The event tests the skills that teens have developed through the Core Plus Aerospace curriculum offered at dozens of schools across the state.

Boeing delivers first 767 built at 3-per-month rate

FedEx recently took delivery of the first airplane built at the higher 3-per-month rate. The demand for 767s has brought not only a rate increase, but a production transformation to the program. 




 Boeing engineers visit more than 150 Washington classrooms during E-Week

Boeing engineers and employees fanned out across Puget Sound during Engineers Week 2020, engaging approximately 4,700 students in more than 150 local classrooms. The employees who volunteered used engaging educational resources developed through a partnership between Boeing and Discovery Education called Future U.

Boeing honrs Gold Star family during tanker delivery

Gold Star parents Jane and Bob Hughes were guests of honor as the newest KC-46A took off recently from Boeing Field in Seattle. The couple lost their daughter, Staff Sgt. Danielle Hughes Crone, in 2010 after she had spent years as a tanker boom operator.

Feeling "Bliss-ed" Out! In a unique partnership supporting STEM education and the empowerment of young women, Boeing sponsored the Seattle-area stage production of Bliss at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre. Even more fun – a group of fifty female leaders from Boeing attended to cheer on the cast during opening night!he News

Boeing engineers approve new contract extension

The Seattle Times covered the results when two bargaining groups of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) voted on a proposed new four-year contract extension. The engineers approved while the technical unit declined the proposal. The contract approved by engineers provides 5.5% total compensation increases in raises and bonuses each year for the next two years, 5% in 2022, and then 4.5% for each of the subsequent four years.


CleanTech Alliance applauds Boeing's commitment to the environment

The president and CEO of CleanTech alliance penned this editorial in the Seattle Times. In it, Tom Ranken extols Boeing’s environmental leadership through emission reduction, composite recycling and conservation projects.




 Washington state legislature changes tax rate to achieve WTO compliance

Reuters and news outlets around the world covered the vote by Washington lawmakers to ensure World Trade Organization (WTO) compliance. Lawmakers repealed the state’s 0.2904% aerospace business and occupation (B&O) rate, and now include aerospace in the general manufacturing rate of 0.4840%.


737 MAX employees use production suspension to make improvements

Reuters reported how Boeing is using the temporary production suspension at the 737 MAX site as an opportunity to become better. The article states, "Boeing is seizing on the lull to conduct an overhaul at its Seattle-area factory to curb inefficiency, improve quality and ease the plane’s re-entry to the market."