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Boeing vs SPEEA: The Seattle Times reports that a company executive launched a personal attack on the executive director of SPEEA, the engineers’ union, and it was a highly personal attack.
The Times makes a couple of points:
On the first point, no kidding. We reported throughout last year and this year that SPEEA is the weaker union and Boeing can more easily move jobs from its membership to other areas–and that’s exactly what the company is doing.
After winning a bitter contract battle in January/February 2013, Boeing quickly moved to transfer jobs out of state despite getting nearly all of what it wanted in the contract talks. As we put it, the war on SPEEA intensified and it continues to build.
As for better relations with the IAM–not if you ask the local branch, District 751. If you talk with their headquarters, there is nothing sanguine about the relationship with the company. Perhaps Boeing has a better relationship with the IAM International leadership–but certainly not the local.
As for jobs being moved out of Puget Sound (Seattle), the IAM 751 and SPEEA both complain that the 777X $8.7bn tax deal didn’t guarantee jobs, either for the X nor for elsewhere in other programs. Boeing hasn’t announced how many jobs will be associated with the 777X, and for an obvious reason: there will be fewer jobs because Boeing is going to automate the 777X program more than exists on the 777 Classic.
86-Seat Q400: Bombardier has delivered its high capacity, 86-seat Q400 turbo-prop to Nok Air. The airplane is an effort to stimulate sales of the venerable airplane.
We sat down last week with an official of a Q400 operator and asked his views about the Combi. The Combi can be configured to seat 50 or 68 passengers and carry up to 8,500 lbs of cargo or baggage.
The Combi only makes sense for revenue cargo, not excess baggage from passengers, this official believes. The operating costs of the airplane–which are higher than the competing ATR-72 in no small measure due to the higher capital cost–currently are spread across 78-86 seats. Reducing the passenger count doesn’t reduce the operating costs, so the lost revenue must be made up from somewhere–and that’s revenue cargo, not more passenger baggage (even with bag fees). This official’s view toward the Q400C was cool.
Boeing 326: Has anyone ever heard of the Boeing 326?
Yes, it was a real concept. Here’s a link to several images.
There’s little information on the Internet we could find about the 326, but it was announced 15 days after the Boeing 314 flying boat flew. World War II intervened and the 326 never was built. The proposal was for Pan Am, which launched the 314 Clipper.
This book apparently has some information on the 326, but not in the sample pages on the Internet.
Budapest Air Show: These stunts in proximity to the locale would never be permitted in the US, but this is pretty awesome flying.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0px9HFIVYjY&w=560&h=315]