With all due respect , the US-Canada relationship is a lot more involved than just 18 Super Hornets. Do we really want bad relations with what has historicallly been a great ally, just to favor one company, which frankly is kind of floundering because of its own mistakes and doesn't have a comparable product in any event?
But thanks for pointing out that Boeing has a vested interest in tryimg to limit competition in the marketplace.
Not quite sure where to begin. I guess we can start with Boeing is not floundering. Not sure where that notion comes from. I've seen it a couple times on this site now and all that statement does is make the site and its users look foolish. Boeing is the largest aerospace company in the world and have production lines humming in both commercial and military applications. The reason both Boeing AND Airbus do not have a brand new jet to compete against the CSeries is the fact that the market WON'T SUPPORT IT. Hence the Canadian government bailout of BBD and dumping of the product to get the sale.
As for Canada being a close ally, they most certainly are. One in which we would hope would treat our market fairly. Boeing isn't going to sit idly by and watch BBD become another Airbus with gov support. Either make it on your own or go belly up in the market like MD or Lockheed.
I hope that this can be worked out between the two countries. The President's silence on the issue is interesting as he normally is not quiet. This could indeed mean he had nothing to say on the issue as the US Gov has ruled on its opinion.
Why do I say that Boeing is floundering?
-747-8 = failure
-787 program = 13 years in and has still not paid development costs, probably never will, failure
-737MAX program = compromised 1968 double-rehash = failure
-No small airplane to compete in 110 seat category =failure
-777x, 75% of orders are from state supported ME3, =failure (ironic given their complaints against state supported BBD, double failure)
-Workforce=highly unionized in high cost SEA (kudos for doing CHS though), failure
-KC767, way behind schedule and over budget = huge failure
There 2 or 3 more epic fails that I cant even remember right now.
737=Overwhelming success, sells like hot cakes and the newest MAX birds are bringing in $$$ and have so far entered service seamlessly.
747 Program=Major success for over 40+ years. Cargo market on the rebound. If not, will bow out after a legendary time on the market and producer of massive profits.
767 Program=Major success, current tanker behind but will make plenty of $$$ over the life of the program. Second hand market is tight which means parts sales continue or have increased.
777 Program=Major success. The story for the -8/9 hasn't been written yet. Note the 737 was launched on a small order by Lufthansa.
787 Program=Success after many years learning from cutting edge technology findings and naively attempting to outsource work. Boeing says it is making $$$ and the market continues to snap them up.
797 Program=Time will tell!
Defense programs=F-15, F/A-18, C-17, AH-64, CH-47, B-52, KC-135, KC-10 just to name a few. Both fighter programs received new orders. The Chinook rolls on. Could potentially win USAF jet trainer competition and upcoming USA helicopter replacement programs.
I could go on but Boeing is rock solid with profitable programs and has overcome the snafu that was the 787's birth.
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