717 delivery celebrated in Long Beach
"It's done everything we ever expected and more," said Joe Leonard, chairman and CEO of AirTran Airways, when taking delivery of the airplane. He told attendees that the 717 is the quietest and "greenest" airplane flying. "We've actually lowered our seat-mile cost since the events of Sept. 11," he said, adding that AirTran, thanks largely to the 717, is growing at a rate of 20 percent per year.
Citing better than 99 percent reliability, Leonard noted AirTran hopes to increase its 717 delivery rate from 12 to 20 next year.
AirTran, the 717 launch customer, now has 37 of the single-aisle jetliners
in service in the United States. Other 717 operators include Hawaiian
Airlines, Aerolineas Baleares, Olympic Aviation, QantasLink, Bangkok Airways
and Turkmenistan Airlines. Midwest Express will begin flying 717s in early
2003 when the Long Beach Division deliv-ers the first of 25 firm orders
to the Milwaukee, Wis.-based carrier.
"We intend to reach an agreement that recognizes employees fairly and enhances the ability of Boeing to compete in the marketplace for the good of us all going forward," said Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes at the June 25 event.
Jerry Calhoun, vice president of Human Resources for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, will lead the Boeing negotiating team.
On July 9 the IAM voted to grant its bargaining team the option of calling for a strike. This vote is procedure required by the union's constitution. The result of the vote is neither an indication of the status of talks so far nor a prediction of the outcome. Boeing will present the union its best-and-final offer Aug. 27, and IAM-represented employees in the areas noted above will vote on the offer Aug. 29. The current collective bargaining agreement with the IAM expires at midnight Sept. 1.
Separately, the Los Angeles Regional office of the National Labor Relations
Board announced July 12 that the official tally of the valid ballots cast
by Boeing engineers represented by the Southern California Professional
Engineering Association favored decertification of the labor union.
The new site allows current and retired employees and their families to access discount information from work and home computers. Because the program now is accessible from outside the Boeing network, users are required to create an account with a user ID and password. Flyboeing is the code word you need to begin the process.
"Moving to the external Web site is an exciting step as we continue to
build our discount program," said Cecilia Braeden, manager of the Boeing
Employee Discount Program. "Employees now can check on discount offerings
from anywhere, and retirees are gaining computer access for the first
time since Boeing took over administration of discount operations in January."
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