DECEMBER 20, 2016

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Third MRJ arrives at Grant County International Airport

Rodney Harwood, December 20, 2016, Columbia Basin Herald

The third Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp MRJ regional jet rolled up the 65,000-square-foot hangar at Grant County International Airport as light dwindled and the temperatures dropped Monday evening about 4:30 p.m.

Flight crew members waved it in as Mitsubishi flight test employees rubbed their hands and stomped their feet trying to stay warm in a temperature around 20, that felt closer to 2 degrees.

The aircraft, MRJ No. 2, is the third of four MRJ-90s, which will be flight-tested at Grant County International Airport. Like the second jet, it took the southern route from Nagoya (Japan) Airfield Wednesday via Guam International Airport, Majuro International Airport in Republic of the Marshall Islands, Honolulu International Airport and San Jose International Airport. It was expected to arrive in the Columbia Basin sometime on Saturday, but was delayed in Honolulu because of weather conditions.

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Seattle-Tacoma ports record biggest November volumes in 5 years

Mark Edward Nero

Import and export volumes at the Seattle-Tacoma port complex last month were the strongest for a November in the last five years, according to newly-released data.

Full imports and exports for November reflect a continued solid peak season at the Northwest Seaport Alliance, with 28 percent and 23 percent increases, respectively, compared with November 2015, according to data.

The Northwest Seaport Alliance, which is the name for the joint operating agreement between the Seattle and Tacoma ports, said the ports had four more international vessel calls in November than it did in October, and three more than it did last November.

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Best shipping season in five years, Seaport Alliance says

Kate Martin, December 19, 2016, The News Tribune

November was a good month for the Northwest Seaport Alliance, building on a peak shipping season that’s so far the best in five years.

Compared with last year, November full imports jumped 28 percent, while full exports rose by 23 percent, according to a seaport alliance press release. The ports of Tacoma and Seattle formed the alliance more than a year ago.

Top imports include furniture, clothes, games and footwear. Agricultural products make up the gateway’s top exports: hay, forest products, apples and potatoes.

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