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IAM withdraws its application to unionize Boeing South Carolina

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has withdrawn its petition to the NLRB for an April 22 union election at Boeing (Charleston). The unionizing election is essence has now been postponed. The union issued this statement:

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Citing a toxic environment and gross violations of workers’ lawful organizing rights, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) on April 17 withdrew its petition with the NLRB for an April 22 union election at the Boeing Company in North Charleston, SC. The decision pushes the date for a subsequent election forward by at least six months and was made after IAM organizers conducted home visits with more than 1,700 Boeing workers.

The petition for a union election was filed on March 16, 2015 after a significant number of Boeing workers signed authorization cards expressing interest in union representation. Workers at Boeing had reached out to the IAM regarding numerous workplace concerns, including forced overtime, rising health care costs and a lack of respect on the shop floor.

“After speaking with Boeing workers who we were previously unable to reach, we’ve determined now is not the right time for an election,” said lead IAM organizer Mike Evans. “An atmosphere of threats, harassment and unprecedented political interference has intimidated workers to the point we don’t believe a free and fair election is possible.”

In addition to filing Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges, the IAM recently suspended home visits after two organizers were threatened at gunpoint and others reported hostile and near-violent confrontations.

“The right to organize is a legally protected civil right and no one who chooses to exercise that right in North Charleston, SC should fear for their life or safety,” said Evans. “I hold the Boeing Company, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and their surrogates responsible for creating an atmosphere of state-sanctioned hostility toward unions and union organizers.”

The IAM will continue to work with Boeing workers and members of the Charleston community to further communicate the benefits of collective bargaining for workers and their local economies. Efforts will also be made to dispel the misinformation spread by Boeing and their allies over recent weeks.

“Boeing workers reached out to us initially because they wanted to be treated fairly on the job and build a better, more secure life for themselves and their families,” said Evans. “Boeing’s campaign of rumors and threats may have succeeded in delaying this election, but the fight to win collective bargaining rights for thousands of Boeing South Carolina workers is far from over.”

Copyright Photo: Arisara Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. The Boeing 787 Flight Line at North Charleston, South Carolina (CHS).

New video from Boeing: Rolling out the Boeing 737 at two a week as the manufacturing process evolves to the 737 MAX

New video from Boeing: Demand for the Boeing 737 is at an all-time high, and production for the new 737 MAX is ramping up. See how Boeing’s Renton, WA, team is evolving its manufacturing process to build the 737 MAX.

Copa Airlines orders 61 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 airliners

COPA 737 MAX 8 Artwork

Copa Airlines (Panama City) has entered into a historic landmark order with Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) for 61 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 airliners (previously listed as unidentified). Boeing issued this statement and image:

Panama President Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez and U.S. President Barack Obama witnessed a historic agreement in which Copa Airlines and Boeing announced an order for 61 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 airplanes. The order, valued at $6.6 billion at list prices, is the largest commercial transaction ever between a Panamanian and a U.S.-based company.

The signing ceremony took place in Panama City as leaders from throughout the Western Hemisphere gathered for the seventh Summit of the Americas.

Presidents Varela and Obama were on hand as Copa Chairman Stanley Motta, Copa CEO Pedro Heilbron and Boeing Chairman and CEO Jim McNerney signed documents recognizing the agreement. The airplanes were previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries web site.

Copa Airlines will use the airplanes to replace existing airplanes and support the carrier’s plans for strategic growth. Copa will be the first airline in the region to operate the 737 MAX 9 on deep South American routes. The 737 MAX 9’s range and passenger comfort are ideally suited to Copa’s long-haul route network.

The 737 MAX also features the Boeing Sky Interior, which Copa helped launch in Latin America on its Next-Generation 737 fleet. The sleek interior boasts modern lines, a spacious cabin with more headroom and LED lighting that offers vibrant color options.

To date, the 737 MAX has accumulated 2,715 orders from 57 customers around the world.

Image: Boeing.

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Two American Airlines-bound Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners are parked by Boeing due to late-arriving seats

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) has been forced to parked two new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners at Victorville, California that were due to be delivered to American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth). The two 787s are being stored due to late arriving and backlogged high-end seats according to Steve Wilhelm of the the Puget Sound Business Journal. The seats are manufactured by Zodiac Aerospace.

Both Airbus and Boeing are experiencing interior cabin delays due to the backlog.

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According to their website, “Zodiac Aerospace is a world leader in aerospace equipment and systems for commercial, regional and business aircraft, as well as helicopters and space applications.”

American 787 Business Class seat (AA)(LR)

Photo Above: American Airlines. According to the airline, “The 787 Business Suite, which features a seat that transforms into a fully lie-flat 77-inch bed, provides infinite adjustability, and includes a unique “z-shaped” lounge position for increased comfort.”

American Airlines is still planning to begin Boeing 787 revenue service domestically between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Chicago (ORD) on May 7, 2015. The Boeing 787 will then shift to the AA international network to serve AA’s daily nonstop flight between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Beijing (PEK) beginning on June 2 and on the nonstop flight between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Buenos Aires (EZE) on June 4.

Dallas/Fort Worth – Shanghai (Pudong) 787 service will also commence on June 26 replacing existing Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft.

In other news, both American Airlines and US Airways expect a single operating certificate (SOC) from the FAA on April 8, in essence ending US Airways. The combined company would then begin to operate under the new American Airlines AOC. US Airways’ Cactus call sign, as we previously reported, is also being retired. Some operating policies and procedures will remain separate under the new SOC.

Top Copyright Photo: Brian Peters/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Boeing 787-8 N800AN (msn 40618) at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) was delivered to American Airlines on January 22, 2015 and has been undergoing crew training.

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Boeing, Hainan Airlines, Sinopec celebrate China’s first commercial flight with sustainable aviation biofuel

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston), Hainan Airlines (Haikou and Beijing) and Sinopec today celebrated China’s first passenger flight with sustainable aviation biofuel, a key environmental milestone for China’s commercial aviation industry.

The regularly scheduled Hainan Airlines flight – which carried more than 100 passengers from Shanghai to Beijing in a Next-Generation 737-800 – used biofuel made by Sinopec from waste cooking oil collected from restaurants in China. Both of the airplane’s CFM International CFM56-7B engines were powered by a fuel blend of approximately 50 percent aviation biofuel mixed with conventional petroleum jet fuel.

Sustainably produced biofuel, which reduces carbon emissions by 50 to 80 percent compared to petroleum through its lifecycle, is expected to play a key role in supporting aviation’s growth while meeting environmental goals. The Boeing Current Market Outlook has forecast that China will require 6,020 new airplanes by 2033 to meet fast-growing passenger demand for domestic and international air travel.

In China, Boeing collaborates with a wide range of stakeholders to develop a new sustainable aviation biofuel industry. In 2011, Air China conducted China’s first aviation biofuel test flight in a Boeing 747-400 using China-grown, jatropha-based biofuel. Boeing also partners with the Commercial Aviation Corp. of China (COMAC) and several research institutions, including Chinese Academy of Science’s Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT), on aviation biofuel development.

Boeing also works with airlines, research institutions, governments and other stakeholders to develop sustainable aviation biofuel in the United States, Africa, Australia, Brazil, Europe, Japan and the Middle East.

Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Boeing 737-84P WL N5515X (msn 39208) became B-1928 when it was handed over to Hainan Airlines on February 21, 2014.

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Boeing 747-800 Intercontinental receives FAA approval for 330-minute ETOPS

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) has received 330-minute Extended Operations (ETOPS) approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental. It is the first time a four-engine airplane has received this type of design approval.

With this approval, required for four-engine passenger airplanes built after Feb. 2015 to fly beyond 180 minutes from an en-route alternate airport, the 747-8’s design is approved to conduct 330-minute ETOPS missions. These missions allow operators to fly long-distances more directly on virtually any worldwide city pair routing.

Although ETOPS has been a requirement for twin-engine airplanes since the 1980s, the regulations have recently been applied to the design of passenger airplanes with more than two engines.

With 83 airplanes in service with 11 customers, 747-8s have logged more than 619,000 flight hours and more than 101,000 flight cycles.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-8KZF N50217 (JA12KZ) (msn 36137) climbs away from Paine Field near Everett.

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