UA444 wrote:gwrudolph wrote:BigPlaneGuy13 wrote:
The cowlings are Boeing's design. This issue as presented by jayunited depicts this as a joint PW and Boeing issue.
You need to think beyond the surface of United being "pissed" in this scenario. Why exactly are they pissed? Because an entire subfleet aircraft are grounded and are forcing United to forfeit revenue. Not to mention the terrible PR nightmare they suffered following the explosion of the cowling over DEN. Surely a properly managed airline would take this situation into consideration and is a just cause for switching from B to A.
Yes, I fully understand the cowling is a Boeing design issue. I’m guessing the bigger and more complicated issue isn’t the cowling, but the blade failures. While securing the cowling is likely complicated, dealing with blade fatigue on an engine that is no longer in production is likely more complicated. Also, while both issues now need to be addressed, the blade off event is what caused the cowling separation.
Also, for clarification, I wasn’t the one who said United probably wouldn’t buy more 787s because they are “pissed.” I only rebuffed that claim by saying that airlines don’t usually make long term fleet decisions based on emotions.
The engine being out of production doesn’t mean they can’t get more new fan blades made. PW was making new 777 engines as recently as 2012 and 2013 for new builds NH and OZ had on order, so it isn’t as we are talking about every single one worldwide being on its last legs and not economic. They also still make PW4000s by the boatload with the KC-46
People really have blown the issue out of proportion in hopes these a/c will get sent to the scrap heap. Funny, if they didn’t have “UA” in the reg or “22” in the customer code the reaction would be different
Perhaps you misunderstood my point, which was merely to again support the position that United isn’t going to stop buying Boeing aircraft because they are “pissed” about this engine situation. Additionally, I was pointing out that the likely more difficult and original issue were the blade cracks and not the resulting cowling separations
Really, I’ve not blown anything out of proportion, nor ever indicated that I think or hope the 777As will not go back into service. Please fully read my posts!