Boeing Flies Forward Despite 737 MAX 8 Grounding, Dreamliner Production Allegations

April 24, 2019

By Amanda Weston

Boeing is dealing with multiple PR issues, starting with the fallout from widespread grounding of its 737 MAX 8 aircraft following two deadly crashes in about six months. Now, the manufacturer is facing allegations of rushed production of the 787 Dreamliner.

Yet despite both, the company's planes can still be found flying around the world.

"As we're talking right now, this very minute on April 24, 2019, today, literally thousands of Boeing airplanes will have made tens of thousands of flights, carrying hundreds of thousands of passengers," Barry Valentine, senior advisor at The Wicks Group and former acting administrator of the FAA, told Cheddar Wednesday. "They did so yesterday. They did so the day before. They'll do so tomorrow, and do so the day after that, and into the future."

Valentine said Boeing needs to take action to solve the MAX 8 problems and Dreamliner concerns, and it will do so.

"When they have done that and have convinced the public that they have addressed the issues that have been raised, I think that you will see things ultimately return to normal in the air transportation system and Boeing airplanes will continue to be produced and will continue to fly and continue to do so with - and I'd like to underscore this - with, despite the recent accidents, an extraordinary safety history going back decades and will likely go forward decades."

Valentine said he can see the possibility of Boeing holding some sort of conference following investigations, and there's "no doubt" some travelers will take note of what airplane model they're flying on, not just the airline. However, he believes they will be in the minority.

"I think as long as most people are convinced that whatever problems have existed have been solved, they'll continue to fly as they've done in the past," Valentine said. "Again, if history's any indication, that will likely be the case."

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