Singing the Boeing Blues

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Boeing is known around the world for being one of the largest manufacturers of aerospace and defense objects.  Although many of their products give us luxuries unimaginable to past generations the public image of Boeing has recently been under fire.  When Boeing announced the new Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” the world was at awe, but the production has been anything but a dream.  The 787 was said to be the most fuel-efficient commercial passenger plane and allow for much greater comfort for those who ride.  With multiple safety incidents including a fire, a handful of fuel leaks, and a crack in a cockpit the Dreamliner has become the most publically scrutinized airplane of all time.  Not only are the safety issues giving off a negative image to its riders but they are also causing huge delays in the number of Dreamliners delivered to Boeing’s customers.  Of the 800 sold, only a small percentage has been delivered and Boeing has just announced its fourth delay in production.

At the end of the day it will be up to the passengers who ride in the sky, and the airline companies who purchase the planes to decide whether or not the safety issues that have grabbed international media attention will affect the production or profitability of the new Boeing 787.

Is the media over examining the safety issues of the Boeing 787?  Do these issues have an effect on your willingness to fly?

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~ by matto2008 on January 14, 2013.

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