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.
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.”