A look at some turbulent times since Boeing Co. moved to Chicago in 2001:
Sept. 4, 2001 — Boeing opens for business at its new downtown headquarters, less than six months after announcing its planned move from Seattle.
Sept. 11, 2001 — Four Boeing-made planes are hijacked by terrorists and crashed in the attacks that kill nearly 3,000 people. Subsequent steep drop in air travel demand sends Boeing’s commercial airline customers into a deep slump. Boeing’s stock loses more than 40 percent of value within two weeks.
Dec. 20, 2002 — Boeing announces it is scrapping plans to build the Sonic Cruiser, a plane that would have traveled near the speed of sound, in favor of a more traditional, fuel-efficient jet.
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July 24, 2003 — Pentagon bans Boeing from bidding on military satellite launching contracts to punish it for stealing trade secrets from rival Lockheed Martin to help win rocket contracts.
Sept. 17, 2003 — Pentagon opens an investigation into allegations that former Air Force official Darleen Druyun improperly gave Boeing information about a competing bid on a widely criticized military contract to acquire 100 air-refueling tankers.
Nov. 24, 2003 — Boeing fires Chief Financial Officer Mike Sears and Druyun for unethical conduct, saying Sears negotiated Druyun’s hiring while she was still working for the Pentagon and was in position to influence Boeing contracts.
Dec. 1, 2003 — CEO Phil Condit resigns, hoping “to put the distractions and controversies of the past year behind us.” Retired Boeing executive Harry Stonecipher succeeds him.
Dec. 16, 2003 — Boeing begins taking orders for the 7E7 Dreamliner (now the 787), its first all-new airplane since the 777 in 1990.
Jan. 15, 2004 — Airbus SA officially overtakes Boeing as the world’s largest commercial jet maker, announcing it delivered 305 airplanes in 2003 to Boeing’s 281.
Oct. 1, 2004 — Druyun is sentenced to nine months in prison for conspiracy to violate federal conflict-of-interest regulations after admitting she helped Boeing on contracts as a “parting gift” before joining the company.
Feb. 18, 2005 — Sears sentenced to four months in prison for aiding and abetting illegal employment negotiations.
March 4, 2005 — Air Force lifts its 20-month ban prohibiting Boeing from bidding on satellite launch contracts.
March 7, 2005 — Boeing announces that Stonecipher resigned under pressure the previous day as a result of improper conduct related to an affair with a Boeing female executive.