We'll Just Glide, Starry-Eyed
Upbeat story from Bloomberg on the delivery of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to All Nippon airline. The global manufacturing process had delayed delivery for three years. Now this:
“We've developed a set of technologies that will serve as the backbone of our airplanes for the next 30 years,” Scott Fancher, the 787 program chief, told reporters yesterday at a briefing in Everett.
The twin-engine 787 is Chicago-based Boeing's best-selling new jet ever, with 821 orders from 56 customers. Boeing is working to boost production to 10 a month, a record for wide- body aircraft, after the setbacks increased costs, sent 787 inventory ballooning to $16.2 billion through June and upset airlines' timetables for adding new routes.
What I don't understand is how Bloomberg managed to leave out the most important detail about ramping up production. Of those ten jets to be manufactured each month, seven will be put together in Washington State, and three in South Carolina. But that's if Boeing is allowed to continue operating its South Carolina plant.
We should also be asking ourselves why a private corporation in a right-to-work state needs permission to capitalize its billion-dollar investment and keep on its 1,000 employees because of a suit filed by a temporary recess-appointment to the nearly-ungoverned NLRB.
And if you think that last sentence did some damage to sensible writing, it's nothing compared to what Obamanomics is doing to private enterprise.