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Becoming Proactive And Social Responsibility

Sun Nov 20, 2005 11:43 pm

Hello fellow A-netters. I've got to write a business paper on my understanding of the relationship between becoming proactive and the contemporary issues of ethics and social responsibility. So I was considering writing in on the developments of the A380 vs. B747-8. I would love to hear your comments, corrections, or additional thoughts on what I've listed below.

The way I see it is the following:


Airbus anticipated VLA customer need to reduce costs. (hub to hub with many passengers)

Boeing, though reactive to the A380, 747-8 with 787 technology (engines, leading edge on wing, advanced materials) to reduce costs.


Airbus (Not responsible.)388 wake turbulence and noise issues. Claimed they would be better than current 747-400.

Airbus (Responsible.) for reducing per passenger fuel costs.

Boeing (Responsible.) Develoing 747-8 with noise reducing engine nacelles. Noise not disruptive to community.

Boeing (Responsible.) for reducing per passenger fuel costs.

Also, on Boeing's 747-8 website

Under the Responsibility/quiet section, GC2 is mentioned. Can anyone tell me what this is? I web searched and couldn't find anything regarding aviation or noise.

Thanks in advance,

Isn't knowledge more than just the acquisition of information? Shouldn't the acquired information be correct?
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RE: Becoming Proactive And Social Responsibility

Mon Nov 21, 2005 1:47 am

I think what your professor is getting at may be better expressed by using the metaphor of the crash of the Concorde:

Should AF and Aerospatiale have known the fuel tanks were vulnerable to puncture and corrected the problem? Was the cost of doing so prohibitive? Could the problem with the tires be anticipated and corrected?

Was CO negligent in allowing a piece of FOD to fall off one of their aircraft? Can this sort of thing be entirely eliminated?

What (if anything) could ADP have done to further ensure that there is no FOD on the runway? Are they morally culpable?

How do you balance duties to customers, government aviation bodies, shareholders, and the wider community? Whose interests take precidence depending on what situation and why?

Hope this helps,

Charles, SJ
The customer isn't a moron, she is your wife -David Ogilvy

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