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National leaders schedule Machinists vote on Boeing 777X contract deal

SEATTLE - National leaders of the Machinists union are scheduling a vote on a proposed contract between Boeing and Puget Sound machinists, despite objections from local union officials who have already rejected the company's latest offer. The lead negotiator for the union's national headquarters, Rich Michalski, told The Seattle Times in a phone interview that a vote is set for Jan. 3, the newspaper reported Saturday.

National leaders schedule Machinists vote on Boeing 777X contract deal

SEATTLE - National leaders of the Machinists union are scheduling a vote on a proposed contract between Boeing and Puget Sound machinists, despite objections from local union officials who have already rejected the company's latest offer. The lead negotiator for the union's national headquarters, Rich Michalski, told The Seattle Times in a phone interview that a vote is set for Jan. 3, the newspaper reported Saturday.

Boeing tells states if they're in the running to make new 777X; final decision next year

CHICAGO - Boeing says it has begun telling states whether they're still in the running to build its new 777X. Boeing has gotten proposals from 22 states covering 54 locations that all want to build the plane. Boeing says it is narrowing the list down and is telling each location its status in the process. Boeing isn't releasing the list publicly. The company says it expects to pick a location early next year.

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific orders 21 of Boeing's new 777X

CHICAGO - Boeing has booked a big order for its planned 777X aircraft. Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific is buying 21 of the planes, which Boeing will build later this decade. The 777X will be an updated version of Boeing's bestselling 777. That is Boeing's second-biggest plane, used by airlines for very long international flights. For the new version, Boeing plans to replace its aluminum wings with wings made from a lightweight, high-tech plastic, and make other improvements that will make the plane more fuel-efficient.

Boeing machinists bloc demand vote on 777X contract offer

By Alwyn Scott EVERETT, Washington (Reuters) - Several dozen machinists rallied near Boeing's main aircraft factory here on Wednesday, demanding the chance to vote on a labor contract that union leaders rejected last week. Shouting, "Give us a voice," the pro-vote members marched from the factory to the union hall a few blocks away. There they encountered a smaller group of union members who do not want a vote.

Norwegian Air signs deal for two more Boeing Dreamliners

By Joachim Dagenborg and Gwladys Fouche OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian Air <NWC.OL> is buying another two Boeing <BA.N> 787-9 Dreamliners, seeing the aircraft's technical advances as outweighing its operating problems as the budget carrier expands in long-haul services. Europe's third-biggest budget airline said on Wednesday it had signed a deal to buy the two planes and was negotiating for further Dreamliner deliveries, despite a series of problems with its existing planes earlier this year.

Boeing exec: Search for site to build 777X is narrowing after union rejection of offer

SEATTLE - A Boeing executive said Tuesday the company is narrowing its options as it searches for a place to build the 777X passenger plane. Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner also told employees in a message that the machinists union's rejection of a new contract proposal that would have the planes built in the Puget Sound area was disappointing. "It was a rejection, plain and simple, and we now have to turn and face the reality of the union leadership's final decision," Conner said.

Boeing sets $10 bn share buyback, hikes dividend

US aerospace giant Boeing brought some holiday cheer to investors Monday, announcing a $10 billion share buyback and a 50 percent dividend hike. The company said its board of directors had approved the repurchase of an additional $10 billion in the company's stocks and a 50 percent increase in the quarterly dividend, to 73 cents.

Insight: Key Canada win signals Boeing bid to regain market share

By Tim Hepher and Alwyn Scott PARIS/SEATTLE (Reuters) - A few months ago Boeing Commercial Airplanes Chief Executive Ray Conner launched an internal campaign to urge the company's staff to fight for every sale following a series of defeats to European rival Airbus. Its slogan: "We're in it to win it."

Machinists reject Boeing counteroffer on proposal to build 777X in Puget Sound region

SEATTLE - A top national negotiator for the Machinists union says Washington state union members should get a chance to decide on a Boeing contract offer that would keep much of the work on a new 777X jet in the Puget Sound region. Local union leaders said earlier the price Boeing demanded was too high. Rich Michalski told The Seattle Times late Thursday (http://is.gd/bDRl8L ) that, in his words, "We really need to hear from our members."
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