Boeing’s in the Spotlight: Any Cause for Concern?

Boeing Annual MeetingIn a statement issued Friday, Boeing said that it is “confident in the design and performance of the 787. It is a safe and efficient airplane that brings tremendous value to our customers and an improved flying experience to their passengers.”

The review comes at the same time that Boeing is trying to ramp up production of the aircraft. Recently hitting a rate of 5 per month, the company aims to be rolling out 10 aircraft a month by the end of 2013. This increase in the rate of production has been questioned as a possible reason for the mishaps. The question at large: is Boeing sacrificing quality for quantity?

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood answers that question with a resounding no. At a press conference on Friday, a frustrated-looking LaHood responded to questions about the quality of the FAA’s certification process with nothing but support for both his administration and Boeing’s quality checks.

“We are confident that the aircraft is safe. But we need to have a complete understanding of what is happening,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huetra in a statement, echoing LaHood’s sentiments. “We are conducting the review to further ensure that the aircraft meets our high safety standards.” Specifically, they made it clear that they are just double-checking their work.

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