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FAA clears Boeing to resume deliveries of 787 Dreamliner

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Federal regulators said Monday they are satisfied with changes Boeing has made in the production of its 787 Dreamliner passenger jet, clearing the way for the company to resume deliveries.

I bet Boeing execs must be very relieved, heck if it's true I 'might' even buy a small parcel of Boeing stocks (but jee-whizz, can a leopard change its spots?).

The 787 is a dream to fly on, it is the best wide body long haul lounge in the world, and will be so for a long time, there's just no competition, from any one, and no one would for the foreseeable future commit money to develop a competing product given the lesson learnt of Airbus's A380 financial disaster (that Airbus is still paying today). Reports from frequent flyers on forums say flyers are seeking out 787 flights even if they had to put up with terrible in flight meals and services.

This is such a leg up for Boeing that had the previous chair and CEO not messed up so much and for so long would have put Boeing in such good stead that it would have been untouchable for decades. BUT, can investors and flyers trust Boeing? Have they made up with the union?

Calhoun is talking and walking all the right stuff, but remember the board was very much on board with Muilenburg, and if 737 Max didn't crash, the board would still be happy with Muilenburg.

Shares of Boeing Co., which is based in Arlington, Virginia, gained less than 1%

Not surprising, once trust is lost, it takes a long time to regain.

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The 787 is a dream to fly on, it is the best wide body long haul lounge in the world

I was able to ignore the rest of the BS in the post, but not this one. The 787 doesn't even come close to the smooth, silent luxury of an A380's upper deck. That and a never ending string of safety issues and failures make this plane far from the best long haul. A380 did not bring much profit, perhaps because Airbus doesn't have a culture of compromising safety and quality, kind Boeing, hand in hand with the FAA have

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@ebisen: I do agree that the top desk of the A380 was by far the quietest ad smoothest place to fly , but your reasons given are not why it failed. Had the financial crisis of 2008 not happened and the 787 not come into service during the recovery period which really did take 7 years for the aviation industry then things may have been very different. As for safety and quality, then you have a slightly selective memory when it comes to engine problems early on.

The only airline it really made money for was Emirates as it suited their Dubai Hub model perfectly.

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A380's RR engine exploded once, due to an unforeseen design issue. That issue wasn't caused by management pressure to lower cost, nor did Airbus conspire with the safety authorities to lower the safety levels in order to save money. Not did they kill hundreds of people in the process. A big difference from Boeing.

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Ah, the return of the 787 Screamliner. No thanks. If it ain't Airbus, I'm raisin' a fuss.

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The Screamliner is back.

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The necessity of making expensive capital improvements at airports around the world very much limited the airports that could handle the A380. Separation between parallel runways had to be increased, meaning one of the runways had to be moved, to allow safe separation between aircraft on approach and landing. Gates at terminals had to be reconstructed to accommodate its great size. Many airports didn't have the money or interest in spending their taxpayers hard earned to modify their airports to handle one new airplane and some of the proposed runway separation projects were killed by neighborhood opposition. In the end there weren't enough airports willing to take A380s to make the airplane a high volume seller. By comparison the Boeing 777 and 787 impose no such demands on existing airports.

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The Screamliner is back.

Pffttt. Ride in a C-130, C-141 or even worse a C-5 if you want to know what a truly loud transport aircraft sounds like. You have to wear ear protection in these or you will quickly suffer hearing loss. The passenger deck on a C-5 is simply deafening without hearing protection.

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The necessity of making expensive capital improvements at airports around the world very much limited the airports that could handle the A380

This ^ is a very good point, one of the thing I don't like about A380 is the extra half hour or so wait for the huge number of passengers to board, and again at the customs queue and baggage carousel. In economy, the toilet is constantly being used and it's very difficult to have no interruption in the aisle.

I do agree the A380 is very quiet, but I'm not sure that's that a plus because all that does for me is highlights all the other noises which makes it very hard to get to sleep.

The 787 delights the moment you step in and experience the large window, then there's the fresh air because it's being sourced from outside instead of through the engine like in the A380.

In terms of advanced construction though it's clear the A380 is a thing of the past compared to say the A350. By weight 787 is 50% advanced composite (especially in the fuselage which allow for larger windows), the A380 is only 16%, and A350 - 53%.

I also know an EVA (Taiwanese) pilot that just hate flying the A380, but love the 787. Though he reckons the A380 is probably safer in a lightning storm because it has more aluminium to disperse energy. I have no idea about the techniques used but assume it wouldn't pass certification if it couldn't withstand lightning strike.

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