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Do MAX woes show Boeing too big to fail?

The grounding of the 737 MAX for more than four months after two deadly accidents has tarnished Boeing’s reputation, but it still has the confidence of U.S. policymakers. ( More...

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Of course Boeing is too big to fail, mainly because of its military business. This is why its management behaves like the management of Goldman Sachs.
Jamar Jackson 4
Boeing is too big to fail but moving to Chicago and opening up a north Caralina plant was the beginning of a downhill in product quality.
Greg77FA 2
I think you are jumping the gun...its way from out of the woods on this failed program. Much to come, and its not just from civilians, but also military complaining about shoddy work. Time to fire CEO, and best to get its ship in order. No company is free from failure.
andrew werner 3
Just read an article in US Today the major carriers are also loging complaints on the 787 with fit and finish and poor workmanship. Many signs point to loss of focus at Boeing and a failing upper level management. I think your right need to get a new team
andrew werner 2
The max has been stigmatized and now viewed as unsafe by the public, damage has been done and I don't see it as recoverable position by boeing. Time to withdraw it form the market, revamp and redesign maybe bring it back as a new model. A miscalculation is an accident, but failure to fully disclose the correction is not and this will impact Boeing severely.
Chris D 0
People also said that about the DC10, which literally EVERYONE seems to have forgotten about. It went on to be incredibly successful.
andrew werner 2
Different time and era, flying as well as just about every other public activity is viewed thru the lens of public safety. The latch on the 10 was a mechanical design defect, at least this is what was presented to the public. which is perceived as a an easy fix. The MAX issue has not fully been resolved and has been overexposed to the public. There is also the issue of documentation and lack of oversight, which may or may not have been part of the issue but this is also in the media. A design flaw is one issue, a coverup is different and the flying public views that issue very differently. To my knowledge the 10 was never brought under the public scrutiny, presented to the public and publicized to the extent of the MAX. Not saying any of this is fair or justifiable but just about any product must not only consider quality but public perception and market perception. If Delta or American or any other airline, perceive this may become an issue they won't risk it. Competition is tough on airlines as it is on Boeing and opperation margins are thin, a risk at this scale could have devastating effects on airline or boeing itself. If boeing places that plane back in service and within a year another tragic accident occurs for what ever reason it will likely mean the END of the MAX. Sorry to be so long winded but it is a very complicated issue.
Cansojr 2
Boeing is a prirary industry in the United Stages. It supports a myriad of sub-contracrors all over the US, CANADA, EUROPE and the FAR EAST. These people would be negatively impacted. It could lead to a global depression with thousands of workers on the streets. The US government has to step in or loses as corerstone industry.
bentwing60 0
According to some folks here, the FAA, nee, government oversight is precisely the problem. Thus, they have the ability to restore confidence in the product they certified, How? Boeing is a "prirary" (sic) industry and they aren't dead yet! If AB can weather the debacle that is the 380, and their airliner sales and finance schemes, a company established in 1916 will probably survive.
Cansojr 1
Boeing is a primary industry that cannot fail. They are a keystone supplier for all branches of the Western military. That would be like Migkoyan, or Sukhoi design institutes failing in Russia. That would never happen to Boeing either in the United States although they made some horrendously stupid business decisions in the last year. Alabama has a stellar record in the space industry, it should be no different than aircraft industry.


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