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Boeing’s forgotten flight in May 2001 that sent the company off course and toward disaster

Discussion in 'Airplane, Aircraft & Jumbo Jet Talk' started by Everett 757, Nov 20, 2019.

  1. Everett 757

    Everett 757 Hangar Silver Member VII

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    A company once driven by engineers became driven by finance.
    The flight that put the Boeing Company on course for disaster lifted off a few hours after sunrise. It was good flying weather—temperatures in the mid-40s with a slight breeze out of the southeast—but oddly, no one knew where the 737 jetliner was headed. The crew had prepared three flight plans: one to Denver. One to Dallas. And one to Chicago.
    In the plane’s trailing vortices was greater Seattle, where the company’s famed engineering culture had taken root; where the bulk of it’s 40,000-plus engineers lived and worked; indeed where the jet itself had been assembled. But it was May 2001. And Boeing’s leaders CEO Phil Condit and president Harry Stonecipher, had decided it was time to put some distance between themselves and the people actually making the company’s planes. How much distance? This flight—a PR stunt to end the two-month contest for Boeing’s new headquarters—would reveal the answer. Once the plane was airborne, Boeing announced it would be landing at Chicago’s Midway International Airport.
    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/11/how-boeing-lost-its-bearings/602188/?
     
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  2. Exuma Guy

    Exuma Guy Hangar Silver Member VI

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    Good summary...
     
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  3. Everett 757

    Everett 757 Hangar Silver Member VII

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    Yes, I thought it was. It’s one of those rare, well written articles.
     
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    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    Just goes to show ya who's really in charge huh? Boeing's in big f**king trouble and by design.
     
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    Everett 757 Hangar Silver Member VII

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    Very true but sad. First they shot themselves in one foot by not designing a good 757 replacement, then with this decision they quickly took out the other foot. :mad:
     
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    https://www.businessinsider.com/boeing-737-max-shareholders-lawsuit-board-2019-11

    "A new shareholder lawsuit is accusing Boeing's board members of ignoring repeated red flags in the 737 Max's development.

    The suit, filed by the Kirby Family Partnership LP — which says it has owned Boeing shares since 2018 — also accuses Boeing's board of directors of failing to properly investigate role of the plane's MCAS software in the October 2018 crash of Lion Air Flight 610 in Indonesia, according to a Bloomberg report. That was followed in March by a second crash, involving Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, prompting a worldwide grounding of the 737 Max.

    The lawsuit claims Boeing rushed to get the plane to market, consequently failing to test the plane or adequately train pilots.

    Boeing announced the 737 Max program — a new generation of the 737 — in 2011 after initially considering designing a brand-new plane. Its rival Airbus announced a new A320neo in 2010, and American Airlines, formerly an exclusive customer, placed an order for the new Airbus jet. That reportedly put pressure on Boeing to design the 737 Max quickly to avoid losing more business.

    In addition to the grounding of the worldwide 737 Max fleet — which has already led Boeing to take a nearly $5 billion charge — the lawsuit says the board's actions hurt Boeing "through loss of credibility in the marketplace, a damaged reputation and billions in potential business costs and liability."

    Reports into the two crashes that led to the grounding indicate that the automated MCAS software erroneously engaged and forced the planes' noses downward. Pilots were unable to regain control of the aircraft.

    Boeing has since been working on an update to the MCAS software, which regulators must approve before the 737 Max can be approved to fly again."
     
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    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    I don't blame them! $5 Billion woulda had them a 797 single aisle by now. I read in a FLYING magazine article by Sam Weigel's 'Taking Wing' and headlined 'A Modern Classic'(his favorite airliner and saying it's the last plane that Boeing built that was perfect) and that nearly 70% of the 1,049 757s built are still flyin today and are sought after at a premium. Boeing's been run by idiots for almost a decade now.
     
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    Everett 757 Hangar Silver Member VII

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    Absolutely right!
     
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    Everett 757 Hangar Silver Member VII

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    There sure has been a lot of silence recently about the ‘797’. I guess Boeing is too busy with the MAX737 debacle.
     

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