Boeing 787 testing begins in Moses Lake

Brings business

Print Article

Stephen Brashear/Getty Images
A Boeing 787 Dreamliner accelerates down the runway while taking off on its long-waited first flight Dec. 15 at Paine Field In Everett. The new airplane is in Moses Lake to perform tests.

MOSES LAKE — Flight testing for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner started Thursday at the Grant County International Airport.

The added activity is bringing business to the Port of Moses Lake, as refueling services are being provided by Million Air Moses Lake, said David Bailey, the port’s project consultant.

“The air traffic control people are working the Boeing traffic, so that’s definitely some added business for them,” Bailey said.

“We get landing and flowage fees (for every gallon of fuel pumped at the airport) from it,” he explained. “Even though there isn’t personnel, there still is income into the local community here.”

The testing for the 787 is different from work for the Boeing 747-8 Freighter, which is anticipated to start at the end of January, he said.

Work for the 747-8 will be done at the former Japan Airline’s (JAL) hanger at the airport.

Bailey said the port knew the 787 testing was going to be done in Moses Lake.

“We didn’t know exactly when. We’ve always been a popular spot for certain flight testing,” Bailey commented.

“They’ve been testing at the airport since the early 60s. They’ve been a longtime user of this facility for  a number of years.”

“We’re just pleased to see the additional activities here,” Bailey commented. “We lost JAL last year, but we are getting other uses of the airport, which is very much appreciated.”

Print Article

Read More News

WA Marine Warning and Forecast

AP

November 18, 2017 at 9:53 pm | WA Marine Warnings and Forecast for Sunday, November 19, 2017 _____ GALE WARNING URGENT - MARINE WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA 852 PM PST SAT NOV 18 2017 ...

Comments

Read More

WA Portland OR Zone Forecast

AP

November 18, 2017 at 9:46 pm | WA Portland OR Zone Forecast for Saturday, November 18, 2017 _____ 670 FPUS56 KPQR 190445 ZFPPQR Zone Forecasts for Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington National Weather Serv...

Comments

Read More

The Latest: Palestinian threat to cut communications with US

AP

November 18, 2017 at 9:42 pm | WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the status of the Palestinians' office in Washington (all times local): 1:05 p.m. The Palestinians are threatening to cut off all communication with the Trump ...

Comments

Read More

WA Spokane WA Zone Forecast

AP

November 18, 2017 at 9:21 pm | WA Spokane WA Zone Forecast for Saturday, November 18, 2017 _____ 685 FPUS56 KOTX 190418 AAA ZFPOTX Zone Forecast Product for Eastern Washington and North Idaho...UPDATED National...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(509) 765-4561
PO Box 910
Moses Lake, WA 98837

©2017 Columbia Basin Herald Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X