city of Renton

Ashley Gross

(Correction: Boeing projects 14 percent fuel savings for the MAX compared with the current Next-Generation 737, not 20 percent.)

Boeing has started building the wings for the newest model of its popular 737 single-aisle jet. It competes with the Airbus A320neo.

The first 737 MAX is scheduled to begin flight tests next year and be delivered in 2017. The MAX will use new engines, and Boeing says the jet will use 14 percent less fuel than the current 737s, known as Next-Generation.

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Boeing wants its machinists’ union to accept big concessions on retirement and health benefits in exchange for winning the assembly of the 777X wide-body jet in the Puget Sound region. But machinists are also worried the contract casts doubt on the future of the 737MAX in Renton. 

The Renton City Prosecutor wants to send a cartoonist to jail for mocking the police department in a series of animated Internet videos, reports KIRO-TV.