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Boeing's Dreamliner Crisis: Who's to Blame?
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The crisis at Boeing took a dramatic turn for the worse last night when the Federal Aviation Administration grounded all U.S.-registered 787s. Other regulatory authorities have followed suit and now the guessing game begins on how long the grounding will last and who exactly is to blame.

In retrospect it is clear is that the Japanese authorities’ decision to ground Japan‘s fleet for just two days was no more than a holding operation, pending anticipated action by the FAA. There is no question that the Japan-registered planes, which account for more than one-third of all the 787s in service, will remain grounded until the FAA gets to the bottom of the affair.

Meanwhile, whether by coincidence or not, Netherlands-based EADS this morning announced that it is raising the list prices of its Airbus planes by an average of 3.6 percent.

As for who is to blame for the 787 crisis, apart from Boeing itself, other companies that may share responsibility include:

* GS Yuasa of Japan, which makes the plane’s lithium-ion batteries

* Thales Group, Paris-based maker of the batteries’ control circuits

* United Technologies, whose UTC Aerospace subsidiary makes the plane’s auxiliary power units, which incorporate GS Yuasa’s batteries

* JAL and ANA, the two Tokyo-based airlines that encountered the battery problems (though the fact that these two airlines have encountered problems separately and virtually simultaneously suggests that the fundamental fault is unlikely to lie in their maintenance and operational procedures)

I will be writing more later today. In the meantime I am sharing below some links to articles and statements that provide particularly useful insights into the crisis:

GS Yuasa Lithium Power website: Aviation Lithium Batteries

Grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliners Use Batteries Prone To Overheating

All Boeing Dreamliners Are Grounded World-Wide

Batteries Blamed In Boeing 787 Grounding Are Widely Used

FAA Statement: Boeing 787 Dreamliner Grounded, For Now

(Republished from Forbes by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Economics • Tags: Boeing 
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