Boeing Commercial Airplanes will cut some 4,500 positions from its payroll this year in "an effort to ensure competitiveness and control costs in the face of a weakening global economy," it said Friday. Last week the manufacturer announced precipitous declines in aircraft deliveries (owing to the machinists strike) and new orders in 2008 (ATWOnline, Jan. 9) and said it now must take "prudent actions to make sure [it] remains well-positioned in today's difficult economic environment," ...

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