Fleet of 777X Jets Grounded: These Were Supposed To Be Delivered In 2019 [Roundup]

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  1. Is anyone actually surprised that every single plane. – without exception – that has come from the post-merger crappy Boeing management has had enormous problems? Anyone? Anyone? Buhler? Buhler?

  2. Well, I don’t see any new hard news on a “grounding” of the 777X and I’m not seeing that in BA’s stock price either. That said, like so many of Boeing’s recent improvements (sic) and innovations — Actually they don’t have many do they? Other than putting lipstick on decades old pigs — the project has not exactly been trouble free. I am not an aeronautical engineer nor will I ever be close to being one, but those folding wingtips on the 777X just don’t look right to me. I know carrier-bourne aircraft have had folding wings for decades, but…..

    Of course, being a national “strategic” partner, especially in its defense business, Boeing will always be protected by the US government, regardless of the party in power. That said, in its myriad arcane ways there’s also nothing stopping the government forcing a break-up of Boeing, so it may protect the defense portion, leaving the remainder to sink or swim. Were I to be a BA shareholder, I’m not sure a break-up wouldn’t be on my wish list. Whither Carl Icahn? At 88, it may just be too big a pill for him, even.

  3. No GE9X engines on those airplanes. When will that engine get all of the bugs worked out?

  4. Sometimes the release of a new aircraft is delayed. Let’s hope that Boeing and GE get everything squared away and these magnificent aircraft begin ferrying folks hither and yon ASAP.

  5. Not sure where the.conclusion that the 777X is ‘grounded’ came from. Article linked from the tweet appears to be a mishmash of conjecture for.toher Boeing airplanes, plus some Tim Clark quotes. Looks like the FAA has complete control over the timeline, and control means ‘no hurry’. EIS was originally 2020.

  6. @Mark- I stand corrected. The legacy Boeing quality remained intact for the upgrade to the 747-8. McDonnell-Douglas quality has been evident otherwise.

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