shankly From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 1632 posts, RR: 1 Posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2218 times:
Nice article in Flight Global by Randy Tinseth on the emrging threat of the C919, and for that matter C-series into the traditional Boeing/Airbus territory. I won't post the link as you all know how the interweb works
Anyway, what did slightly take me aback was Randy's final quote "No one buys more parts and assemblies from China than Boeing."
I can't fathom from which direction this statement is made. Who its meant to please?. Is he saying there is more fried rice than moms apple pie in the Boeing product these days?
Perhaps it is a firm nudge in the ribs of the the traditional US and European aviation suppliers and subcontractors.
I doubt its a dig at Airbus directly; the A320 assembly facility in China there, but thats kind of old news.
Of course being a salesman one can see why he would want to promote Boeings Chinese links, but I would have chosen wider words, perhaps by noting Boeing/Chinese partnering and collaboration
I'd be particualrly keen to hear the views of our American cousins on this one
keesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2175 times:
Quoting shankly (Thread starter): Anyway, what did slightly take me aback was Randy's final quote "No one buys more parts and assemblies from China than Boeing."
The Cseries fuselage is build in China, Airbus opened a FAL a few years ago. Although maybe Tinseth may be technically right, obviously he feels the need to make a statement. Obviously not imed at the Chinese, they know all the details.
I'm not quite sure, either, but I think it's a gentle reminder to the Chinese that they're not the only ones supporting their aviation industry. Maybe it's an oddly postured hint that one shouldn't bite the hand that feeds them.
Not really sure, but I suspect the specific comment was made for a very specific purpose. Not seeing it in video, we can't decide what the tone was.
But I agree that it's a very odd thing to simply throw out there.
I think it was just a statement intended to put the whole situation into perspective.
It certainly reminds everyone that the western manufacturers are the ones who put their technology in the hands of Chinese firms (hence the government) and thus should not be surprised to see it used in competing products.
After all, the same is true for every high-tech industry that does business in China.
Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...