Post by Miles Bader
The amount of scrutiny the 787 program is getting seems fairly
unprecedented, and I'm sure Boeing is quite annoyed that they can't just
work out the glitches in private. Clearly they try to manage the way
information is released (in the short term) and retain a modicum of
control over their image, but to accuse them of "lying their way along
from waypoint to redefined waypoint" seems way over the top.
In this particular case, Boeing admitted to having known for a number of
weeks, but "wanting to do more tests" before making it public. (aka:
don't spill the bad news before the Paris air show).
Go back to the unveiling what turned out to be just a scale model on
july 8th 2007. At that point, Boeing already knew that rivets were of a
bad design and had to be changed, and it blamed the suppliers for a
shortage when in fact, suppliers were told to start to produce new
fasteners of different shapes.
Suppliers would have told Boeing that it would take X amount of time to
ramp up production of the new designs, yet Boeing made it look like it
was the supplier's fault.
Boeing could have relatively quetly delayed the unveiling ceremony in
early 2007, and not told suppliers to rush whatever they had so Boeing
could assemble an empty shell for the july 7th ceremony. It would have
given suppliers time to assemble stuff in the right order and saved
Boeing from having to diassemble aircraft, add a few missing parts and
re-assemble aircraft again (aka: travel work).
From the day Boeing started to brag about it starting to assemble the
firstr 787 and expecially the unveiling ceremony, the countdown timer
and media were started and every delay made big news.
Boeing could have quietly announced a 1 year delay in the program back
then and should have refused delivery of modules that required
diassembly to install missing pieces.
But Boeing was desperate to have unveiling on the 8th day of the 7th
month 2007 at any cost. It is now paying for that big mistake.
I still maintain that Boeing should have scrapped #1 and told suppliers
to build #2 properly so it could be assembled without travel work.
What bugs me about this latest delay is that the structural problem
wasn't discovered earlier. fatique tests have been going on for quite
some time already.
Boeing's credibility has been severy eroded now, and the fact that
Boeing, having known about this problem for weeks, has yet to identify a
solution and a timetable is worrysome. What else is wrong about the
Looks to me like first delivery might be in 2011 instead of 2010. And
now I am "stuck" with devalued Boeing shared purchased just after the
Paris show, thinking the shares would increase with the first flight.
Boeing knew well ahead of the Paris show that it would be announcing a
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