|Quoting Stitch (Reply 1):|
Liability and Public Relations concerns should an accident happen, I imagine.
|Quoting cmf (Reply 2):|
A successful display has no influence on an airlines buying decision. A failure may.
On the public relations side (passengers) a failure may prove extremely costly.
All in all very limited upside and while the risk is extremely small the downside of a failure is likely very costly.
But this is exactly why a flying display is valuable and makes such an impression, a memorable impression.... the company is putting everything, essentially, on line and is so confident, so certain, that their plane is great, that their plane is capable of, and does, what has been promised that they can and will put it out there and prove it.
It is important and impressive simply because of this, you are putting your money where your mouth is.
And yes, I understand the real risks and the real downside that people here explain. I get it, I know it is real.
You know the saying: Bullshit walks and money talks. Well, you could reword it to say:
"Weak planes sit and great planes FLY
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