Pursuing Boeing, IAM: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee told KING5 News (NBC, Seattle) yesterday that he will ask Boeing and the IAM to go back to the bargaining table to reach a deal on the contract extension that would build the 777X in Washington. This verifies our prediction the night of the IAM vote rejecting the contract with a 67% result.
We believe other politicians, such as US Sen. Patty Murray, will do likewise.
We think this will be an uphill climb for Washington to wind up with this production. A former state Legislator thinks the state should stop ponying up incentives for Boeing.
On a related issue, we’ve previously reported that Washington’s proposed environmental protection of salmon threatened to make Boeing an endangered species in the State instead. Crosscut, a political web newspaper in the State, reports today that this issue apparently has been solved.
Standing by CSeries: Bombardier’s CEO brushes off skeptics of the CSeries and its small number of flight tests compared with other programs. The Toronto Globe and Mail reports. No surprise there. But did he give a hint on the entry-into-service date? The Globe writes:
On Thursday, Mr. [Pierre] Beaudoin stood by his forecast. He noted that the company has 177 orders so far and “we still have a good year to go before our first delivery.” (Emphasis added.)
BBD has always said EIS would be 12 months after first flight, which was September 16. Beaudoin’s remark suggests this schedule has now slipped at least two months and possibly more. Most analysts believe EIS will be in the first quarter of 2015 rather than late 2014, a timeline with which we agree.
A380’s future: The Economist has an analysis of the future of the Airbus A380. Separately, Airbus explains to AIN Online why it thinks A380 sales will pick up.
Wrong landing: That landing by a Boeing Dreamlifter, operated by Atlas Air, could have impacted the 787 program if the plane had been damaged and put out of service, reports The Tacoma News Tribune.
Yank: Every once in a while we get struck by an irreverency we just can’t resist. We noted a story in The Seattle Times about research by Bill Gates (yes, of Microsoft fame) into developing new condoms. One contestant (no kidding) remarked on developing a stronger condom, “I could yank all day and it won’t break.”
The Wa state should may be consider playing Boeing’s game, alluding possible end of tax break such as the one for the 787. May be that would convince every players to resume (start?) constructive discussions…
Regarding A380 success: a classic case of “time will tell”.
re Gates research – Does that mean they work better than win-doze and the blue screen of death. And its just a rumour that Boeing is developing a high tech version of KY to hold a broom in the posterior of its workers to improve efficiency – they can sweep floors while working ?
Don, you outdid yourself with this one!
Thanks – I must admit it was plagerized from a very old charlie chaplin movie about him being on a huge assembly line with a close up shot of debris on the floor and the motion of his hips and a broom – i’ll try to find a clip ;-PPP
I think it was called Modern Times ?
WTO ruled B787s tax breaks illegal, Washington should use the excuse to stop all tax breaks on existing programs. If Boeing are going to leave anyway it is just as well to squeeze as much out of them as possible. Maybe even some new taxes? Extra landing fees at Boeing Field, harbour dues, whatever.
In the case of the 787 tax breaks, the agreement with Boeing provides that if those tax breaks were found to be illegal, WA would have to replace them with equivalent breaks.
Meaning Boeing are have better lawyers than Washington State.
Help me understand the argument here: it is OK to destroy another species of fish because… It is just a fish? One more extinction won’t hurt anything (anti-recursive argument)? It is OK this time because jobs (with or without “but next time we’ll be really really careful – promise”)? Anything libruls support I’m against? Because we should blow the tops off the Cascsdes too?
On this day, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, perhaps it’s prudent to take the time to listen to what JFK had to say about health care in the US some 51 yrs ago. It seems to me that JFK’s words are as relevant today as they were back then.