The public is now learning what I and numerous other people have known for untold years--there are few statements as oxymoronic as "Boeing Credibility."
During the announcement of the second delay of the 787 today, one of Boeing's executives stated that they knew Boeing's credibility was being tested. This executive's statement brings up the same question that comes to mind when you think about the still far from complete first 787 flight test airplane being tested--how do you test something that doesn't seem to exist? Yes, the 787 first flight test airplane does exist in some stage of assembly Boeing won't credibly discuss, it would seem. However, as far as a flight test ready 787 aircraft goes, no such animal exists, just as Boeing's "credibility" doesn't seem to exist at this point to most.
Sure, Boeing does release true information from time to time. But the press is finding it more and more difficult it seems to tell the true bits of information from the Boeing "spin" that makes one take everything Boeing puts out these days with a bag full of salt.
Two times now Boeing has proven itself not credible, and that is just on the subject of the 787 program status. Take other Boeing statements made, such as the statement that nothing could slip through Boeing's multiple layered quality system (paraphrasing, of course), and you begin to see Boeing for what it is--as one Boeing Corporate Manager stated to me it was--the most arrogant company on the face of the planet.
Do arrogant companies have to tell the truth and/or even have to care whether or not they tell the truth to the public and their investors?--Of course not. Least of all the most arrogant company on the planet.
It's amazing that the press is now stating the truth about one aspect of the 787 program delays--that unprecedented outsourcing of historically Boeing performed work has backfired and been a cause of the delays of the program.
It's Boeing IAM and SPEEA union workers that are now working hard trying to save the company's bacon from this huge error on Boeing Management's part driven by greed and a related one sided war on its part against its own union workforce.
Unions are only formed when a company's management won't treat its workers with the respect and fairness they deserve. Unfortunately, Boeing has not buried the hatchet when it comes to its own workforce, and many people at Boeing do nothing all day but try to decrease Boeing's 'worker bee ' population ala Scrooge's pre-epiphany cold hearted view of what should happen to those below his station in life.
As for the 787 program delays, who is to blame? Boeing says the suppliers are responsible because they aren't completing their work on time. This shows a naivete that you would think would be absent at such a huge corporation. However, even at mega-corporations like Boeing, the temptation to blame the other guy is too easy and convenient and hard to resist.
Of course, Boeing solely is to blame for every one of the delays. They picked the suppliers. They monitored (or, it looks like at this point, didn't monitor) their supplier's performance. They had the responsibility to have backup plans in place to meet quality and schedule targets if any supplier failed to do so.
But Boeing blamed the other guy when the corporation Boeing stared at in the mirror was really to blame--yet another strike against its self-purported "credibility."
Boeing's credibility (to the extent it may have existed at one time) has already been tested through these delays and multiple other events, and it has failed those tests--or, perhaps, it was never demonstrated because it was never really there.
Those who know me know that I have credibility. Strange, isn't it, that the corporation accusing me has demonstrated numerous times now its lack of credibility, whereas mine remains intact. I think people will easily be able to judge the truthfulness and motives of Boeing for what they are if and when the time comes for them to do so.
It's been a long time. I wish all of you not involved in the fraud I witnessed at Boeing and the FAA a happy New Year. Lots more to write, but the rigors of daily life interrupt for now.
The Last Inspector.
The Last Inspector