Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Letter: Safety concerns about Boeing 787 have huge ramifications

Posted February 5, 2013 at 4 a.m.

John Flynn, Hobe Sound

Letter: Safety concerns about Boeing 787 have huge ramifications


The situation surrounding fires on Boeing 787 commercial aircraft should be of vital concern to all Americans.

Once America dominated the world's commercial aircraft business, with Boeing being No. 1. It is now our only survivor, and now ranks No. 2 behind France's Airbus.

Commercial aircraft sales have been a vital positive element in our balance-of-trade figures. Loss of 787 sales would have a large negative impact in this area. Past experience on the Douglas DC-10 aircraft demonstrates that safety concerns can result in the loss of sales in a matter of days as airlines vie to get delivery positions with other manufacturers like Airbus.

This could result in layoffs at Boeing and its supplier chain and possibly cause Boeing to seek bankruptcy protection from all the damage litigation.

The corrective action and the analysis of how we got into this terrible mess will take time. 

The pressing question:  Can Boeing customers afford to wait? If they don't, this could be the most costly business loss in our nation's history.

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