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April 2002

Senator Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray Visit Boeing Spokane

Meet Your 2002 Negotiation Teams

President's Corner
A special thank you to members

Negotiations countdown

Billboard up in St. Louis

SPEEA Discount List - April 2002

Senators visit Boeing-Spokane plant

"Women on the Move" forum

Upcoming SPEEA events-
mark your calendar!

"Striker Relief" fund
still accepting donations

Executive Board election results

As Boeing transfers jobs to South Africa, national airline inks deal to buy planes from Airbus

News from Midwest Region

Volunteers sought to support 2002 WEU Negotiation Team

Midwest Council endorses
museum move

Sharing concerns over outsourcing

Wichita-Hutchinson Labor
Federation minutes

 

 


Meet Your 2002 Negotiation Teams

Puget Sound Prof Unit Team
Cynthia Cole (Dev.Center)
Tony Gaudette (Cust.Serv)
Tom McCarty (Kent)
Dave Patzwald (Everett)
Alternate: Ted Nykreim (Everett)

Puget Sound Tech Unit Team
Chris Glenn (Everett)
Dave Landress (Kent)
Larry Marrell (Everett)
Judy Mogan (Auburn)
Alternate: Alan Rice (Everett)

Wichita Engineering Unit Team
Dave Huster (N-3)
Shane Michael (N-3)
Joe Newberry (N-1)
Alternates: Burt Shah (N-5)
Dave Sly (N-1)

The Northwest and Midwest Councils recently elected negotiation teams for upcoming contract negotiations. This month, we start introducing the teams to members with brief biographical information on the Puget Sound Professional Unit Negotiating Team. We will continue the introductions with the Puget Sound Technical Unit and Wichita Engineering Unit teams in upcoming issues of the SPOTLITE.

Puget Sound Professional Unit Negotiation Team

Cynthia Cole
A SPEEA member since joining Boeing in 1978, this will be Cynthia Cole's first appearance on the Negotiation Team. She recently took a new job with Boeing and now works as a test engineering lead in the C-32 Program, Aircraft and Missiles. She is in charge of developing testing to demonstrate contract compliance. Previous work includes the F-22, Joint Strike Fighter, Flight Test Support, B-1A, B-52, B-2 and several other programs.

Born in Georgia, Cynthia grew up in Lancaster, California near Edwards Air Force Base. She graduated from California State Polytechnic University with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics, and earned her masters in Business Administration in Technology and Engineering Management from City University. Before joining Boeing, she worked for Rockwell International on the Space Shuttle program in Palmdale, California.

Cynthia served as an Area Rep for 14 years, was a picket site co-captain during the 40-day strike, and was elected as a Council Rep in 2001. She also attended the Boeing/SPEEA Mid-term Meeting and serves on the Joint Benefits Committee.

She applied for the Negotiation Team because she "enjoys the process of creating agreements based upon understanding the other party's point of view." When she arrived at Boeing and learned the engineers were represented by a union, she said: "'Sign me up!' I was well motivated by the better compensation and benefits package and wanted to be part of the advocacy group."

Cynthia and her husband Richard Landon, CKD, have three grown children: Margaret, Rosanne and Mark.

Anthony (Tony) Gaudette
A 737 Wing Structures Service Engineer in Commercial Aviation Services, Anthony Gaudette joined Boeing in 1989. He joined SPEEA a short time later and became an active member during the 40-day strike.

Born in Portland, Oregon, Tony spent most of his youth in Chehalis, Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering.

His career at Boeing includes time as a Lead Structural Engineer for the 777, 737NG, 767-400 and as a Structural Analysis Engineer. His current duties include working as an AOG Engineer, providing on-site support to Boeing AOG teams.

Tony became an Area Rep in 2001 and decided to run for the Negotiation Team because he has a strong desire to represent and be an advocate for members. "We need to ensure management at all levels understands that the future prosperity of the entire Company will be greatly enhanced by maintaining and improving the skills and experience of our members."

Tony and his wife Lisa have three children: Lauren 3, Kindra 13, and Nicole, 15.

Tom McCarty
Executive Board member Tom McCarty is probably best known as one of the designers of the "SPEEA Stove," the environmentally-friendly burn barrel that made life on the picket line bearable during the 40-day strike. A Boeing engineer since 1973, Tom joined SPEEA in 1974.

Born and raised in Rutherford, New Jersey, Tom graduated from Monmouth University in West Long Beach, N.J. with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked for Bell Telephone Laboratories and Frequency Engineering Laboratories before joining Boeing, where he has worked on 707 & 767 AWACS, IFF Antenna Engineering, Simulator Systems, and JTIDS Demonstrator. He currently works on antenna and communications system design in Connexions by Boeing.

Tom joined the SPEEA Council in April 1998 and was a member of the 1999 Negotiation Preparation Committee before being elected to the 1999 Prof Unit Negotiation Team. He was elected to the SPEEA Executive Board in 2001.

Tom wanted to return to the bargaining table to "bring the experience of the last negotiations and the strike back to the bargaining table. I want the members to feel that SPEEA effectively represents them in the workplace."

Tom and his wife Betty have six grown children: Lori, Cheri, Shannon, Michelle, Sean and Corey.

David Patzwald
Returning to the Negotiation Team for a second time, Dave Patzwald is a Flight Crew Operations Engineer in Everett. He is a Flight Deck/Avionics Specialist supporting new airplane configuration negotiations and sales & marketing campaigns for the 747, 767 and 777 airplanes.

Born and raised in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Dave graduated from Seattle University with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. He served in the Navy for 10 years before joining Boeing in 1974. He has been a SPEEA member since 1980. At Boeing, Dave has worked as a Ship Systems Test Technician on the PHM Hydrofoil, Flight Test Electronic Technician, Flight Training Simulator Programmer, and as a Customer Engineer.

Dave has served as a SPEEA Area Rep, Council Rep, and was a member of the 1999 Professional Unit Negotiating Team.

He applied for this negotiation team to "contribute to a positive outcome for our members."

Patzwald and his wife Emily have three grown children: Benjamin 19, Nathaniel 25, and Andrew 27.

Ted Nykreim (alternate)
A Boeing engineer since 1967, Ted Nykreim joined SPEEA in 1968. He has endured two layoffs and has been an active recruiter of new members, stating, "E pluribus unum is better than individualism."

Born and raised in Northern Wisconsin, Ted graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He also attended the U.S. Navy Flight School in Pensacola, Florida.

Ted is a Liaison Engineer in the 747 Body Majors. He also worked at Boeing 747 Pilot Ground School, in the Flight Deck Staff, Avionics Design, Propulsion Design and as an Electrical and Structural liaison. In addition to his work at Boeing he worked for Lockheed in L1011 Pilot training and at Rockwell Collins Electronics Preliminary Design.

Ted wants to build a stronger SPEEA union. His goals include increasing the number of Area Reps, improving the retention rating system, and establishing a strike fund.

He is married to Thea Ann.

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President's Corner

A special thank you to members

Votes are counted. And, understandably, it is disappointing to realize I will not serve another term as your SPEEA president. As the news soaks in, I want to thank you, the members, for a remarkable and exhilarating 3 years.

Together, accomplished much. A few of the achievememts are worth noting:

We won the Facilities representation vote, bringing the benefits of union-representation to 500 additional Boeing employees.

SPEEA members held, and won, the Wichita WTPU representation vote bringing the benefits of union representation to 4,200 more Boeing employees. This effort culminated in a successful first Contract.

Conducted a successful strike - the largest strike against a U.S. corporation in history. Member solidarity saved our benefits and set a new standard for success in high-tech American labor.

Just last month, we achieved an excellent contract for members in Irving, Texas.

Membership in SPEEA doubled.

We affiliated with the AFL-CIO as a local in the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE). This affiliation was approved by 85 percent of the voting members. We kept our promise to do this without changing the dues formula.

SPEEA reorganized its operating structure. Members overwhelmingly supported the effort. While the new SPEEA looks similar to members in the Puget Sound region, we are more responsive and "local" to members in the Midwest region.

We initiated and now support Partnership efforts at all levels of The Boeing Company.

Our 40-day strike won members the right to hold a vote on Agency Fee. Three-quarters of the Techs and two-thirds of the Profs approved the measure, deciding that requiring represented members to pay their fair share of the costs of union representation was appropriate.

Jointly with the IAM, we established the CLUB - Coalition of Labor Unions at Boeing - to coordinate effectively with our represented brothers and sisters in dealing with the Company.

We joined local Labor Councils, allowing SPEEA members to support labor interests in our communities, and providing access to community leaders and elected officials.

Every SPEEA member played a part in these accomplishments. Today, our union stands at the top of the labor movement, ready to accomplish even more in the years to come.

I am proud to have participated in countless area and committee meetings, and to have spoken at numerous rallies and special events. I answered thousands of emails and wrote dozens of articles for our publications. My message has been consistent - there is no limit to how successful we can be as a Union and together as a Company.

I am proud of our SPEEA staff and their total commitment they demonstrate every day. I am proud to be able to treat them with respect and provide fair, reasonable and appropriate pay, working conditions, and benefits. We demand this behavior from The Boeing Company for ourselves. It is with pride we can point to a working example.

I am proud of the Executive Board. We worked diligently, prudently and tirelessly through countless meetings to implement the Policy of the Council and the Will of Members.

It has been my honor to serve as your President during this historic time. I cherish every moment.

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Negotiations countdown

Puget Sound Professional Unit
Puget Sound Technical Unit
Wichita Engineering Unit

May - August
Membership input (surveys, lunchtime meetings)

August
SPEEA Team drafts proposal

September to October
SPEEA & Boeing joint committee meetings

October 29
Main table talks start

December 2
Puget Sound Contracts expire

December 5
Wichita Engineering Unit contract expires

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Billboard up in St. Louis

The St. Louis organizing committee upped the stakes in March by unveiling a billboard outside the Boeing facilities.

The billboard, located prominently outside the main Boeing gate, says: St. Louis SPEEA - a voice for us! The phrase was chosen by the organizing committee and has already attracted considerable attention.

"You can't miss it as you drive in," said committee chairman Charlie Morris. "It has definitely raised the visibility of the campaign."

The committee held an employee meeting on March 21.

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Senators visit Boeing-Spokane plant

The continued effort to keep Boeing Spokane open and under the "Boeing" banner, brought Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray to Eastern Washington in February.

Both senators toured the plant, talked with employees and met with Boeing officials. The visits added to the warning issued earlier by U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt that Boeing could forget about his support in Congress if they abandoned the Spokane plant.

While Boeing originally said it would make a decision in the first week of February on the future of the plant, at SPOTLITE press time in mid-March no decision had been announced.

The Spokane plant builds floor panels and air ducts for Boeing jetliners. Spokane workers have been frequently lauded for their efforts to increase efficiency and cut costs. The Spokane plant maintains a healthy profit margin.

Cantwell told Spokane employees that she would also work to "keep these jobs in Spokane" while continuing to do everything in her power to make sure leaders at Boeing make the "right" decision regarding the future of the plant.

The Spokane Spokesman-Review recently reported that Boeing's review of the plant and the decision to earmark it for possible closure was supposed to be a secret. SPEEA heard about the process and staged a rally in support of the plant in January. That rally attracted wide attention from political, business and other labor leaders in Spokane and around the state. The decision about the plant's future has since been stalled.

Murray and Cantwell are important Boeing advocates in the U.S. Senate. Rep. Nethercutt is a member of the House Appropriations Committee.

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"Women on the Move" forum

SPEEA's Women's Advocacy Committee is sponsoring their Sixth Annual "Women on the Move" forum:

Thursday, April 25, 2002
Doubletree Hotel, Bellevue
300 - 112th Ave SE
Networking/Dinner: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Forum & Q&A: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Reservations are required. Deadline for reservations is Friday, April 19th. RSVP to Robbi at (206) 433-0995, x126, or email robbia@speea.org.

This year's speakers are experienced women who will share information about their success and advise attendees how to be successful:

Barbara Sando
Director, Mission Control Systems (Unmanned Systems Org.)

Sonja Johnson
Mgr, MR&D, 747 Body Structure & Tool Services

Julia Miller
Technical Principal, 777, Environmental Control Systems

[4th speaker to be determined]

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Upcoming SPEEA events-mark your calendar!

Details on these events can be found on SPEEA's web site at

http://www.speea.org/general_info/files/upcoming_events.html

May 31-June 2 Camping/River Rafting Trip: Methow River & Bridgeport State park

Sat, July 20 Annual Golf Tournament: Riverbend Golf Complex

Sat, July 27 Annual SPEEA Picnic: Woodland Park Shelter #3

Watch this web site for information on discounts to Wild Waves, theater, opera, sports, etc.

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"Striker Relief" fund still accepting donations

During the strike of 2000, SPEEA established a fund to help members who needed assistance. In the Fall of 2001, SPEEA encouraged people to contribute to the "SPEEA Cares Fund" in order to help laid-off employees get paid through the holidays.

In anticipation of the upcoming contract negotiations with Boeing, this SPEEA fund is still in place, and we continue collecting donations in preparation for future SPEEA member needs. The fund is tax-deductible.

You can send donations directly to the fund at:

King County Labor Agency

KLCA SPEEA Fund
2800 First Ave, Room 126
Seattle, WA 98121

Or you can make your contribution through the Employees Community Fund (ECF)
[Reference King County Labor Agency, AFL-CIO - SPEEA Fund ECF # 50461].

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Executive Board election results

On March 13, 2002, the SPEEA Tellers Committee met to count ballots in the annual SPEEA Executive Board election. The results of the balloting are shown below (winners are noted in bold).

Eligible voters - 19,185
Valid ballots cast - 5028 (26%)

PRESIDENT
David Forsyth 415 (8.3%)
Jimmie L. Mathis 653 (13.1%)
Thomas E. Day 1,758 (35.2%)
Bryan Young 586 (11.7%)
Craig A. Buckham 1,587 (31.7%)

Abstain 29

TREASURER
Michael J. Dunn 3,058 (62.0%)
Joseph Gregg 1,877 (38.0%)

Abstain 93

SECRETARY
Mohammad A. Ali 437 (8.8%)
Jeff Stone 2,101 (42.4%)
Phillip Richmond 307 (6.2%)
Jennifer Mackay 2,107 (42.5%)

Abstain 76

NOTE: The election for Secretary was too close to call on election night. The Tellers performed a recount on Thursday, March 14.

Congratulations to Tom, Michael and Jennifer. Newly-elected board members will take office for a two-year term on Wednesday, March 27th.

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NEWS FROM MIDWEST REGION

Volunteers sought to support 2002 WEU Negotiation Team

The SPEEA Midwest Region is seeking volunteers for the Wichita Engineering Unit (WEU) Negotiation Support Committee for the 2002 contract. The committee's charter is to provide support for the 2002 contract negotiations related to picketing, letter writing, membership protests and other sanctions. Primary committee activities include:

a. Preparing and conducting surveys.

b. Devising strategy and logistics for implementing activities, maintain appropriate confidentiality safeguards.

c. Coordinating efforts and working with other committees as appropriate.

d. Recruiting and training personnel required to implement activities, under the direction of the Bargaining Unit Negotiation Team.

e. Providing the membership information.

f. Implementing the plans at each predetermined work location, ensuring oversight, support and safety.

g. Preparing a final report to cover:

(1) Logistics and strategy items considered/rejected and why.

(2) Analysis of logistics and strategy effectiveness.

(3) Training and recruiting plans.

(4) Recommendations for future actions.

The WEU Negotiation Support Committee is currently meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM at the SPEEA Wichita office. Volunteers are not limited to members of the WEU Bargaining Unit; volunteers from other SPEEA Bargaining Units are encouraged. Volunteering for the Negotiation Support Committee is an excellent activity for anyone who might wish to be a candidate for future Negotiation Teams. If you are interested in volunteering to help this committee, please call Lacey at the SPEEA Wichita office (316) 682-0262.

[SPEEA's Puget Sound teams are looking for volunteers to staff a similar committee. To volunteer, call Robbi at (206) 433-0995 x126, or email robbia@speea.org].

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Midwest Council endorses museum move

The Midwest Council approved a motion to endorse the Kansas Aviation Museum moving from their current facilities to a location in downtown Wichita. Frank Chappell gave a presentation on moving the Museum from it's present location, the former Wichita Air terminal building, to key property overlooking the west bank of the Arkansas River near downtown. The old steel fabrication plant at Second Street and McLean Boulevard has ample space for the museum, parking, outdoor display of vintage aircraft, as well as a place to restore old planes.

There are many reasons to move the museum. The current location would cost $10 million to repair. Since the building has been declared a national landmark, repair could not use up-to-date building materials and thus heating costs would be high. The present location is out-of-the-way and there are few signs to help locate it. Although the move would total $18 million, putting the museum at the old steel fabrication plant would put it next to other prominent museums, such as the Indian Center, Cowtown, the Art Museum, and Exploration Place. With the unused rail next to the museum, a trolley could travel from the museum area to the zoo.

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Sharing concerns over outsourcing

Wichita engineer and SPEEA Executive Board Member Joe Newberry was a part of the SPEEA contingent that went to Chicago February 5th to ask Boeing leaders about the increasing amount of manufacturing and engineering work going overseas. Joe voiced the concern that Boeing is currently reducing 737 tail work in Wichita and increasing the same work sent to a factory in the Peoples' Republic of China. In addition, Boeing is sending 737 engineering work from Wichita to the company's Moscow Design Center in Russia.

I had the privilege of visiting Chicago in early February. Along with other SPEEA activists, representing various locations where SPEEA-represented employees work, I participated in an informational picket event outside the Boeing World Headquarters in Chicago. I'm pleased to say the Midwest Region was well represented, with our Irving negotiation team bringing the message to "not mess with Texas" and the request to be treated fairly as fellow Boeing employees during their current contract negotiations.

As the informational issues have already been well publicized, I'd rather write about another great aspect of the trip: despite the vast miles between Wichita and Spokane and Irving and Seattle and Southern California, we found that we all shared many of the same concerns for our co-workers and hopes for the future of The Boeing company.

Each site is faced with increasing job losses, including a possible plant closing in Spokane. We shared how each of our locations is a leader in the highly-skilled work that we perform, that our work groups are profitable, and that we are surrounded by the best workers in the world. I suppose that makes the job losses even more painful, especially when workers overseas are now performing some of our jobs. It is very understandable why many of us are frustrated when global economics or politics or other factors equally out of our control overcome good performance.

We all understand that sharing some of the work might increase sales to foreign countries. But reports of Russian engineers barely making enough to live on raises the suspicion that cost (i.e., cheap labor) is the primary motive. I recently saw a web video where General Electric's ex-CEO Jack Welch talked about the cost of engineering labor overseas being very cheap with Indian PhD engineers bringing up the rear. Jack made a statement along the lines of "Why would I want engineers from Cleveland when I can get a good quality PhD engineer in India for $12k?" A better question might be "How much do CEO's in India get paid?"

Boeing's American workers are not overpaid, rather most workers overseas are not paid a living wage. It's a sad situation and we should be sympathetic to others' low living standards, but shipping out our jobs is not the solution. American workers will continue to make this country great and we want our company leaders to know that we will not let them give away our future.

I encourage you all to continue communicating to our leaders about:

* Methods to reduce the out-sourcing of jobs

* Improved employee involvement in decision-making

* Good pay, benefits and working conditions

* Honest and open employee/management communication

We may not always respond well to the message we hear, but we are asking top management to please respect us enough to tell us more of the "Why" and let us try to reason about the best actions for our company to follow. Allow us to work together to keep this company as the premier Aerospace company in the world. We can do anything we are given the opportunity to attempt.

/s/ Joe Newberry

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Wichita-Hutchinson Labor Federation minutes
February 28, 2002

Sue Ledbetter reported on the Kansas Democratic Convention. The Kansas Democratic Labor Committee gained recognition as an Ancillary Organization (official caucus status). The admission of the committee gives labor two seats on the state committee/executive committee of the Kansas Democratic Party. This caucus will not attempt to be the spokesperson for labor's concerns. All media and public comments will be referred to the Kansas AFL-CIO or other appropriate union leadership. The goals of the caucus are to foster participation by labor union members in party activities, support union members to run for office, encourage local unions to engage their members in the political process, and work to expand voter registration efforts throughout the state. Sue wants to encourage any union members who are affiliated with the Republican Party to establish an organization to act in a similar position in that party.

Labor Federation Executive Board representatives were elected for 2002. Bob Brewer and Earl Carter were elected to represent SPEEA during Executive Board meetings.

The Plain Dealer, the only pro labor newspaper available to South Central Kansas working families, is facing a tough decision. It appears that subscriptions will drop enough to force the closure of this respected labor journal. The Plain Dealer has dealt with local Labor issues. These include such concerns as the organizing of healthcare unions in Kansas, reporting attempts by the NLRB to impose unfair rules on the working family, and providing a view of what the Kansas Legislators are working on that will affect us. They also have supported community issues, such as Celebrate Safety, a coalition to educate the public on the dangers of random gunfire.

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As Boeing transfers jobs to South Africa, national airline inks deal to buy planes from Airbus
By Bill Dugovich
SPEEA Communications Director

As workers from The Boeing Company installed equipment at a soon-to-open parts manufacturing plant in Pretoria, South Africa, the heads of that country's largest airline were putting the finishing touches on a deal to purchase 41 jetliners from Europe's Airbus Industries.

The deal, announced last month, between South Africa Airlines (SAA) and Airbus is valued at $3.5 billion. It is the most recent and perhaps most blatant example of why Boeing's current practice of outsourcing fails and pursuing offset agreements with foreign countries is flawed.

Boeing officials have repeatedly said that, in today's "global environment", sending jobs overseas helps the Company secure orders for jetliners. SPEEA research is revealing the claim is a stretch.

"The Company says it helps bring orders; but here is a clear case where we send over our jobs, set up a factory, train the workers, and then Airbus gets the aircraft orders," said SPEEA focal on outsourcing Stan Sorscher. "Boeing sent our jobs away and Airbus becomes the exclusive supplier of aircraft."

Boeing signed the agreement in November for the parts factory with South African Aerosud, Ltd. The agreement says Boeing will transfer the technology necessary to perform the work. The plant is scheduled to open next month with an initial 100 employees.

The five-year agreement for the parts plant was the result of a highly-touted strategic partnership between Boeing and a department of the South African government. The partnership was formed so Boeing could assist in the continued growth of the South African economy and support the development of local industry.

"It didn't work," Sorscher said.

Other offset agreements continue to raise concern. By June, Boeing facilities in The People's Republic of China will produce three times as many vertical and horizontal stabilizers for the 737 as are produced at its U.S. facility in Wichita. Engineering and other technical work is being transferred from facilities in Wichita and the Puget Sound region to the Moscow Design Center in Russia.

"Labor costs in China and Russia are a fraction of what they are in the United States," said Craig Buckham, SPEEA president. "This is an assault on American jobs. It's an assault on the people who make Boeing and its products the best in the world."

Before awarding the contract for new aircraft to Airbus, South African Airlines asked both manufacturers to provide demonstration flights for airline personnel. The flights were held in February. With SAA executives on board, the 777 stalled on takeoff. The flight was not rescheduled. The SAA executives then boarded the Airbus A340-600 and were taken on a one-hour flight over the skies of South Africa. On February 15, the headline in the South African press said it all: "Boeing red faced as plane stalls on runway."

"Boeing executives are traveling the world looking for partners for the new Sonic Cruiser," said Sorscher. "The new factory in South Africa and the constant cry for shareholder value did not take care of our product or solidify our relationship with the customer."

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