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In Seattle, good feeling toward Boeing despite mounting troubles

by Mitchell Hartman Mar 27, 2019
Boeing employs more than 60,000 workers at massive assembly plants, engineering centers and corporate offices in the Puget Sound region.
Boeing airplane sit on the tarmac at the Boeing production facilities at Paine Field in Everett, Washington in 2012.
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In suburban Seattle, Boeing keeps on cranking out 737 Max planes

by Mitchell Hartman Mar 26, 2019
Despite the international grounding of the aircraft, a Boeing factory in Renton, Washington, has orders to fill.
Boeing's 737 assembly complex in Renton, Washington, is a hive of activity. In the foreground, a 737 Max is being painted. In the background, the brakes are tested on a new 737 Max for China Southern Airlines.
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After deadly crashes, added scrutiny for Boeing 737 software

by Jed Kim Mar 15, 2019
How a failure to train pilots on software led to deadly crashes.
A picture taken on December 9, 2011 in Paris shows the controls of a flight simulator in a reproduction of a Boeing 737 cockpit.
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After the grounding of its 737 planes, can Boeing's messaging convince flyers?

by Kai Ryssdal, Sean McHenry, and Liz Sanchez Mar 14, 2019
Boeing faces a tough public relations challenge in the coming months, following two crashes and the grounding of its 737 planes. The question is, how will the company control the messaging to the air-faring public? Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal spoke…
A LEAP engine is pictured on the first Boeing 737 MAX airliner is pictured at the company's manufacturing plant, on Dec. 8, 2015, in Renton, Washington.
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Boeing liabilities could grow with grounding of Max fleet

by Jack Stewart Mar 14, 2019
The entire fleet remains grounded in the U.S.
Tails of Boeing 737 aircraft are pictured at Boeing Field, on March 16, 2018 in Seattle, Washington.
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With swift decision on Boeing 737s, China hopes to lead

by Scott Tong Mar 14, 2019
China's swift move to ground its Boeing 737 Max fleet suggests it is eager to be seen as a world leader on regulation and safety standards.
A Boeing 737 MAX 8 for China Southern Airlines (front) is pictured at the Boeing Renton Factory in Renton, Washington on March 12, 2019. 
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Pressure mounts on FAA to ground Boeing 737 Max 8s

by Marketplace Staff Mar 12, 2019
"It's the rest of the world against the FAA right now," said Jon Ostrower, editor-in-chief of The Air Current.
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Americans passengers worry about Boeing after crash

by Marielle Segarra Mar 11, 2019
The fatal crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 is prompting some Americans to establish whether their upcoming flights are on a Boeing 737 Max 8, the same kind of jet that crashed Sunday. Two U.S. carriers operate that type of…
A LEAP engine is pictured on the first Boeing 737 MAX airliner is pictured at the company's manufacturing plant, on Dec. 8, 2015, in Renton, Washington.
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During time of rapid growth, sorrow for Ethiopian Airlines

by Ben Bradford Mar 11, 2019
Sunday’s tragic crash of ET302 comes just as Ethiopian Airlines has been riding a wave of international investment, expansion and optimism. Over the last decade, the airline made a big push to build its fleet and increase routes, both within…
Two local boys examine a pile of twisted metal gathered by workers during the continuing recovery efforts at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 on March 11, 2019 in Bishoftu, Ethiopia.
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The CEO of America's biggest exporter on manufacturing in America, doing business in China and President Trump

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Feb 11, 2019
The 102-year-old Boeing Co. just had its best year ever.
About one third of the 737 aircraft that Boeing builds are bought by Chinese customers.
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