Alaska Airlines wants to begin non-stop seasonal flights between Sea-Tac airport and Cancun, Mexico. The Puget Sound Business Journal reports the airline filed paperwork with the department of transportation to start those flights in early November. Alaska already flies to eight other Mexican destinations.
We have an inside look at the Mariners’ efforts to sell high-dollar premium packages this season. For 48 thousand dollars, the M’s will get your company a 20 game package in a suite, along with 10 thousand dollars in catering credits. 175 thousand dollars buys an infield suite for every game, a catering credit, and Diamond Club and All-Star Club seats.
Boeing will employ more robotic technology in the production of its new 777X in Everett. The Puget Sound Business Journal reports Boeing’s application for a massive new facility includes a wide-open design, giving plenty of space for advanced robotics. Boeing execs say BMW’s highly robotized factory in Munich is the benchmark for Boeing’s future. Currently, 90 percent of the 777X is essentially built by hand.
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A couple of General Motors’ engineers are suspended in the wake of an investigation in to why it took more than a decade to recall millions of small cars for a deadly problem. G.M. didn’t identify the engineers, but said in a statement the employees are on paid leave. The company is recalling 2.6 million cars. At least 13 people have been killed in crashes linked to the ignition switch problem.
We’re learning more about Amazon’s “Pay to Quit” program. The online retail giant offers workers at its shipping centers a bonus once a year, up to five thousand dollars, if they’re not happy at the company. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced the program in a 2013 letter, which was made public last week.
More people are making the switch from cars to SUVs. Analysts predict in four years, one in five vehicles sold around the world will be a sport utility vehicle or crossover. Some automakers, like Ford, say they’re ahead of the trend. Sales of Ford’s SUVs and crossovers surged 37 percent last year, compared to an industry average of 17 percent.
Boeing is turning its focus toward fast-growing markets in Asia and the Pacific Rim. The Puget Sound Business Journal reports Boeing expects that region will need nearly 13 thousand new planes over the next 20 years. That equals out to about 1.9 trillion dollars of business. Most of those planes will be single aisle aircrafts, like the 737 model.
Beer consumption is falling flat among young adults. Experts say beer drinking is down 30 percent from 20 years ago. And twenty-somethings aren’t the only ones turning away from the suds, beer sales are down among all age groups. Researchers say Baby Boomers are drinking less and younger drinkers prefer cocktails and wine, with liquor and wine sales on the rise during the past twenty years. One bright spot for the beer business; craft beers, like many found here in the Northwest, are gaining popularity.
The Super Bowl means big money for retailers. The National Retail Federation says 181 million Americans watched the big game, and everyone of them spent an average of 68 dollars and 27 cents on food, team gear, decorations and televisions. Nearly 8-million people said they planned to buy a new TV for the game. Total spending looks to end up around 12.3 billion dollars, which is a slight decline from last year.