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Wow, so they could've easily made it safer with the hardware they already had onboard, but chose not to because money?

Somewhere inside Boeing there are decision-makers that lack ethics (or even long-term financial thinking). They need to be fired.

Yep. If I had to start looking, I'd start looking here:


There's a Bloomberg article I've been trying to track down from back in the 2000's where a Boeing exec is quoted as saying that Boeing is going to undergo a financial transformation, part of which involved decreased "over thinking the box" and stripping all that wasteful effort (what engineers call the hard parts) from the process in order to bring Boeing into the mainstream as an optimized shareholder value generating machine.

This happened apparently shortly after the McDonnell Douglas merger as I understand it.

Unless they were just acting completely reckless, which is hard to believe considering their previous safety record and the downside of failure, it's probably more complex than that.

My understanding (form my own reading, and a few other comments on this post), is that they needed to maintain the existing 737 type rating, so that pilots would not need to be retrained (this I knew), but also apparently changing the type would mean they wouldn’t be allowed to grandfather in some old, no longer permitted, design elements. This latter bit is new to me and I haven’t seen it mentioned elsewhere so maybe take with a big bowl of salt :)


Specifically, because airlines wanted to save money on pilot training.

Rather because Boeing wanted to remain "competitive" against Airbus' superior alternative by selling something that didn't exist, namely the factually different plane which would be certified as "the same".


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