Japan has now schooled Boeing by attracting all Boeing's business to its country and then Japan Airlines commits the unpardonable sin of ordering 31 Airbus A350. Having dug a deep hole of lost trust in Japan, Boeing is going to Dubai to make a statement next week at the Airshow, pointed directly at JAL The 777X better be all that! Otherwise, things will get nasty at Boeing for awhile. I image some Corporate Change Management will occur, if the next X doesn't run smoothly off the flight line. Therefore, since I drank the Boeing cool-aide a long time ago, I think the 777X program will stimulate the world thirst with a fuel sipping 777X, and view the A-350 as a clunker next in line to the Edsel.
Back to the Washington Legislature: The debate will continue on Friday November 8 and into early next week. How do we incentivize Boeing and not have them build plan B in like Long Beach, California of all places. Washington State can build wings too! :( Not only that, didn't we already give Boeing the keys to land west of the Cascades and beyond? :) If the state can extend the 2003 May-Flower-like compact through 2025 with fewer loop holes, as in no new 777X plants elsewhere outside the NW. With a previso that all major assemblies remain within Washinton's tax base, This exchange and consent with agreements of a tax benefit for Boeing, in the manor "pleasing" Boeing's Board in Chicago. The statement using the word "pleased" is a common verbage Boeing uses in PR bullets when announcing a deal with another airline, and should be included when making a deal with Washinton State or The union. "Boeing is pleased to announce , yada yada, yada, that both the Unions and State of Washington have offered its services in building the world's best aircraft, the 777-X, somewhere North of Olympia and so forth. At least I got Boeing's PR words in, "is pleased", in the approprate spot of this paragraph.
More pleasing thoughts on this matter. What do you do with the 5,000 folks in SoCal who are now working on the last C-17 on this run? I have an Idea! How about moving the 767 tanker project south, once flight testing starts on the 767 KC145 project. The 5,000 would continue with military projects like the tanker, and the space opened in Everett would give the 777X a slick new production center. Its then roomier in Everett and Boeing could build the remaining order book on the 777-200/300 standing orders when expanding into the old 767 space for the 777X. Good thing Boeing doesn't have me working for them, I have many more ideas like that which could ruin a company, just sayin! The two fish to land for Boeing are, the envelope please:
- the IAM contract vote, yes, with Boeing and...
- Incentivization for Boeing from the Washington State Legislator