Al Jazeera English’s investigative report titled “Broken Dreams: The Boeing 787”, which you can now watch in full on YouTube (embedded below), paints an unflattering portrait of Boeing in general, and the workmanship that has gone into the Boeing 787 in particular.
Be forewarned, this video is 48 minutes in length – so you might want to bookmark this page and watch it later when you have time to fully appreciate it.
Without giving too much away, the report essentially argues the following:
- Boeing isn’t the company it once was – and the decline began right about the same time it merged with McDonnell Douglas.
- The finance people at Boeing have wrestled control from the engineering people, resulting in less qualified employees, shortcuts and unsafe aircraft.
- Though the current employees might not be as qualified as past employees, they evidently know enough not to fly on 787’s
Of course, this is a “shock” piece designed to attract viewers – but then again what investigative report isn’t. Even as one-sided as it is, it’s interesting to hear former Boeing engineers interviewed and hear what they think about the direction the company has taken.
And in the big scheme of things, unless 787’s start dropping out of the skies regularly this report isn’t likely to make a dent in people’s travel patterns. But don’t take my word for it – check out what members on the Australian Frequent Flyer forums are saying after having learned of this Al Jazeera report.
Spoiler alert: every single one of them who have posted at the time of this writing wouldn’t hesitate to fly a Boeing 787.
What about you? After watching this video would you avoid flying on a 787? And does this report change your perception of Boeing in general?
Read the thread in its entirety: Boeing Staff Say No To Flying 787