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  •  They didn't "save a buck." (0+ / 0-)

    Really.

    It cost more to do it decentralized.

    The added costs for system integration overwhelmed the paltry item-level savings, plus that they came in more than a year late and had to run redesign projects that got them way over budget.

    It was marketing. A political grab to side-step Airbus and Brazilian competition.

    "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012 "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army/McCarthy 1954

    by bontemps2012 on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 06:11:57 AM PST

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    •  Compare/contrast with SpaceX. (0+ / 0-)

      "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012 "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army/McCarthy 1954

      by bontemps2012 on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 06:13:09 AM PST

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      •  Comparing SpaceX to Boeing is Apples and (1+ / 0-)
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        Oranges. SpaceX isn't creating a completely new way of manufacturing a commercial aircraft and what SpaceX is doing, from an engineering standpoint, isn't really new.

        Where I do give SpaceX credit is in how they do things and I would argue it is the result of being the vision of one man running the operation as opposed to a huge conglomerate run by boardroom bean counters.

        Regulated capital serves the people, unregulated capital serves itself.

        by Alumbrados on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 09:58:46 PM PST

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        •  SpaceX beats time and budget with (0+ / 0-)

          first-rate quality.

          Boeing blew away on time, overran budget, and we don't know yet about quality -- one bad part in early months isn't enough to know much.

          Otherwise, O.K.

          "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army Attorney to Sen. McCarthy, 1954. "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012.

          by bontemps2012 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 04:46:38 PM PST

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    •  I realize that... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...but that was "the reasoning" given for going about it. But what you missed is that as they outsourced the work, they also made those other firms pay for the R & D of their respective work.

      The over budget wasn't a shock, to me anyway. Being the first large scale commercial aircraft made out out of composites, I wasn't as optimistic as they were.

      Regulated capital serves the people, unregulated capital serves itself.

      by Alumbrados on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 09:54:05 PM PST

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