SPEEA exec council votes to reject Boeing contract, seek strike authority

SPEEA ‏@speea @speea Tech Bargaining Unit Council votes UNANIMOUSLY to recommend that the membership REJECT Boeing’s contract offer. Expand 13m SPEEA ‏@speea @speea Tech Bargaining Unit Council votes UNANIMOUSLY to submit strike authorization ballot to the membership. Tweets… Read More

Boeing may have battery fix: King 5

KING 5 TV (NBC Seattle) reports Boeing may have a fix for the battery issues on the 787. Flight Global’s Steve Trimble has this historical perspective on battery technology over the decades. Free registration is required to Flight’s… Read More

Boeing conference call with 787 update

Boeing held its 2012 earnings call, and with it officials offered an update on the 787 situation. Jim McNerney (CEO) (JM) Greg Smith (CFO) (GS) JM: 787 Update– Job one on 787 is supporting the investigation on the… Read More

Boeing 2012 results; and comments on 787

BOeing released its 2012 financial results, provided guidance for 2013 and talked about the 787 issues in its press release here. The webcast is at 10:30 ET and the launching page is here. “Our first order of business… Read More

Boeing knew of battery issues: NY Times; ~150 failures–Seattle Times

See this story in the New York Times. The Seattle Times reports that there have been nearly 150 battery failures. The Wall Street Journal has this article (subscription required). What’s the cost of the 787 grounding? See this… Read More

Odds and Ends: Aviation author opines about Boeing; 787 grounding timeline; remaking AA

Aviation Author and Boeing: Clive Irving, who wrote a book about the Boeing 747 and who is a prolific aviation writer, has a long piece about his experiences with Boeing over several decades. This thing-piece laments the changes… Read More

Airbus examines lithium battery safety, fire suppression

Note: The NTSB Sunday said it still doesn’t know what caused the lithium ion battery to catch fire on the JAL Boeing 787. Japan has shifted focus to a monitoring system, not the battery. The battery charger has… Read More

A Boeing Classic airliner and the good ol’ days of flying

We’re taking a break from the near-saturation coverage of the Boeing 787 that began when we stepped off our airplane in Amsterdam Jan. 16 (GMT) to find the ANA incident lighting up our BlackBerry. We’re going to talk… Read More

Odds and Ends: MIT–787 grounding to 2014; that’s speculation at this stage

MIT on 787 Grounding: MIT says the Boeing 787 might be grounded until 2014, according to this article in Forbes. But we caution against drawing conclusions. At this point, the MIT guy is giving his best judgment but… Read More

Mystery Photo #9

Our eagle-eye readers are sure to get this one. What airplane is this? UWE got it correct. It’s the Boeing 314 replica at the Foynes Flying Boat Museum.                 We were… Read More