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  •  We can't compete with unions and regulations (2+ / 0-)
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    Airbus just spanked Boeing 6 ways to Sunday at the recent Paris air show by offering a more efficient engine option. Boeing can't use those engines because the 4-decade old 737 sits too low to the ground. Airbus comes from the land of strong unions and regulations.

    Maybe we should try some of what they're having.

    •  boeing doesn't have the 787 out (1+ / 0-)
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      because it spent such a huge amount of time and money trying to fuck over its most productive employees.

    •  Huh? (0+ / 0-)

      So then Ford sucks Euro-consortium ass because my 1971 LTD won't accomodate the newest fuel-efficient power plants and drive chains?

      Also, too - the article didn't seem to indicate that Boing was throwing in the towel and ceding the single aisle market to Airbus or anyone else, although it's clearly Boeing's move.

      Or am I just missing the point in my reduced-caffeine state?

      Hey Boehner, your hometown wants to know: WHERE ARE OUR JOBS?

      by here4tehbeer on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 08:40:19 PM PDT

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      •  Forgot the snark tag (1+ / 0-)
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        The point was that strong unions do not make you uncompetitive. The anti-labor hysterics are based not in facts.

        Anyway, about the 737. I still don't understand why Boeing chose to continue developing that line and terminating the newer 757 instead of terminating the 737 and developing the 757. Cheaper in the short run, I'm sure, but in the long run too limited.

        It's not that Boeing can't make good planes. The 787 should be good. As is usual for these thing late and overbudget, but good. "Despite" unionized labor.

        •  As Cameron, the humor-impaired Terminator (2+ / 0-)
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          was fond of saying: "Thank you for explaining." :)

          Sorry I didn't latch onto that the first go 'round. It's sometimes tough - even around here lately - to tell if someone's snarking or trolling (much like the increasing difficulty of separating reality from The Onion).

          I'm not sure what the 737 mindset was either, although "cheaper in the short run" I'm sure was a compelling argument.  Certainly outfits like Southwest have successfully built their business on a couple models of 737 (cracks and gaping holes notwithstanding), but at some point the viability sarts to wane.

          I dunno - I watched for years as the airlines priced their "general admission" tickets way below profitability levels and then couldn't figure out why they were losing money.  These days it's the Republicans who do nothing but cut taxes then can't figure out why the country is flat fvcking broke.

          Of course their "cures" are strikingly similar: cut fares (taxes and wages) then charge for all the baggage (privatize).

          Hey Boehner, your hometown wants to know: WHERE ARE OUR JOBS?

          by here4tehbeer on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 09:38:09 PM PDT

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