What Happened to America’s Greatest Aerospace Company?

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Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, interviewed USMC Colonel (Ret) Eric Buer.

Price and Lt. Col. Buer discuss the negative news surrounding one of America’s most important aerospace companies.

Boeing—one of the most iconic brands in US history—has faced significant issues in recent years, leading to its decline relative to Airbus. The grounding of its 737 MAX aircraft after two fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019, due to a malfunction in the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), led to extensive scrutiny and a loss of trust among stakeholders.

Production and quality control problems further plagued Boeing. Issues with the 787 Dreamliner and the KC-46 Pegasus tanker, including production delays and technical challenges, damaged Boeing’s reputation and led to costly fixes. The financial impact of the 737 MAX grounding was severe, with production halts and compensations straining Boeing’s finances, compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic’s reduction in air travel and aircraft orders.

Boeing’s management and corporate culture also came under scrutiny. The company’s prioritization of cost-cutting and shareholder value over safety and quality contributed to oversight failures that led to the 737 MAX crashes. Addressing these cultural issues is crucial for Boeing’s recovery. Intense regulatory scrutiny and legal challenges followed the 737 MAX incidents, with Boeing navigating complex regulatory environments and facing lawsuits from victims’ families, airlines, and shareholders.

Meanwhile, Airbus continued to perform strongly, capturing market share with its A320neo and A350 XWB models. Seen as a more reliable partner by airlines, Airbus has eroded Boeing’s market position. Airbus’s timely delivery of innovative, fuel-efficient, and environmentally friendly aircraft, like the A220 and A321XLR, gave it a competitive edge.

In conclusion, Boeing’s decline relative to Airbus results from self-inflicted wounds and external pressures. Addressing these challenges comprehensively and restoring stakeholder confidence is crucial for Boeing’s recovery.


BIO: Col. Eric Buer (USMC-Ret), author of Ghosts of Baghdad: Marine Corps Gunships on the Opening Days of the Iraq War is currently a senior executive for an aviation and training company. He is also a consultant and public speaker in the areas of military and commercial aviation and global conflict.Buer, a native Californian, spent his formative years in rural New England before graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in economics. After accepting a commission from the Marine Corps, he was trained to fly attack helicopters.  His deployments took him to the Persian Gulf, Somalia, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He later served on the staff of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs as a professor of national security strategy and policy at the National War College and as an air group commanding officer.

 Website: https://ericbuer.com/home


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