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Boeing loses the tanker deal!!

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Feb 11, 2002
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Shouldn't that headline read "Chief maker of flying coffins loses chances to consign thousands to a fiery death"
 

Westy

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Nov 22, 2002
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So does the spat between Boeing and Airbus about government subsidies take a swing over to Boeing's side?
 

MMike

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Who knows anymore......But it looks like after a few years of Airbus being down and Boeing being up, the tides are turning. A380 is in service....doing well apparently. People are beginning to forget that it may never turn a profit. Now they win this....

The 787 is way behind schedule....and this slap in the face. The US military won't be using a US plane.

I love this industry.....the drama that goes along with all of it....keeps it fresh every day...

I can't help but being a little disappointed. The 767 was the one I worked on the most. It's unfortunate that this seals its demise....ah well...
 

$tinkle

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Feb 12, 2003
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that's a tad harsh. it's best-in-class engineering surely vaunts it to the elite class of "sarcophagus"
 

MMike

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Machinists union representatives put posters up in their union hall in Everett on Friday afternoon decrying the fact that the refueling-tanker contract had been awarded to Northrop/EADS. EADS is the parent of European aircraft-maker Airbus.
 

$tinkle

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Feb 12, 2003
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i wonder if this woman knows she's a dead ringer for penn gillette?
 

DaveW

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Machinists union representatives put posters up in their union hall in Everett on Friday afternoon decrying the fact that the refueling-tanker contract had been awarded to Northrop/EADS. EADS is the parent of European aircraft-maker Airbus.

Meh it's called competition, if you want to win build a better product. *shrugs*

Although the Air Force doesn't plan to brief Boeing until at least March 12 on precisely why it lost the bidding war, Lichte said the Airbus plane provides "more passengers [i.e. troops], more cargo, more fuel to offload, more availability, more flexibility and more dependability."
And no one is getting made redundant over it, in fact a whole heap of Americans will be employed by this, Not only the 1,500 new jobs building the aircraft in Mobile but all the construction workers etc to build a whole new factory. :lighten:
 

MMike

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Meh it's called competition, if you want to win build a better product. *shrugs*



And no one is getting made redundant over it, in fact a whole heap of Americans will be employed by this, Not only the 1,500 new jobs building the aircraft in Mobile but all the construction workers etc to build a whole new factory. :lighten:
But it's not in WARSHINGTON!! Both unions (engineers and shop workers) are a rather surly bunch when they don't get their way. They have T-shirts and everything....to comemorate events such as the "holding our breath until we turn blue" of '94... Good times...
 

syadasti

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They better hurry up with the tankers. Once they come in service and join the Russian An-225 and An-124 cargo planes we use then GWB can say he has regained a significant an international coalition in his military effort, well at least equipment wise :D
 

ire

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they had some guy on the news that was screaming into the camera about how mad he was.....kinda scared me. I'm not sure I would want to fly in a plane built by a pissed guy with a hammer
 

DaveW

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they had some guy on the news that was screaming into the camera about how mad he was.....kinda scared me. I'm not sure I would want to fly in a plane built by a pissed guy with a hammer
What a moron! :shocked:
Guy needs to get a grip, he hasn't lost his job or anything! :crazy:

Or maybe he's worried that when he gets moved onto the dreamliner project he will have to make his work look nice? :brow:
 

MMike

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FRom one of my ex co-workers:

I love it when things go wrong. Not only is it not Boeing, but it is Airbus. I heard some right wing radio nut yelling that the US airforce couldn’t possibly buy what are essentially French aircraft. Remember, he said, they didn’t support the invasion of Iraq…He failed to mention that they did support them at Yorktown and with the aid of the French navy, the Americans defeated Cornwallis. I know it was 1781, but hey, who’s counting?
 

dante

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One of MMike's ex-coworkers said:
I love it when things go wrong. Not only is it not Boeing, but it is Airbus. I heard some right wing radio nut yelling that the US airforce couldn’t possibly buy what are essentially French aircraft. Remember, he said, they didn’t support the invasion of Iraq…He failed to mention that they did support them at Yorktown and with the aid of the French navy, the Americans defeated Cornwallis. I know it was 1781, but hey, who’s counting?
even more galling, is that 20 years later when Napoleon launched wars of aggression against the rest of Europe, we gave a big F U to our former ally/supporter and stayed neutral. hmmmm....... :lighten:
 

Toshi

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That pretty much douches the politicians (Hillbama?) that were "outraged" at the decision. Would you rather award the contract to the decidedly better bidder, or the politically convenient one? The latter sounds like cronyism, bribery, and waste of taxpayer dollars to me...
while true i don't see how either of them could afford to offend the boeing-allied voters... the solution the U.S. needs is to have me appointed as a benevolent dictator. i'd offend everyone instead of pussyfooting around. :busted: