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Politics played part in ANA's choice between Airbus, Boeing

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By Tim Kelly, William Mallard and Tim Hepher

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This just confirms how much power the US defence industry and their puppets in the US government have over the Japanese government. When will this country grow a pair and finally end this neo-occupational relationship?

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This just confirms how much power the US defence industry and their puppets in the US government have over the Japanese government. When will this country grow a pair and finally end this neo-occupational relationship?

After their "unconditional" surrender following a war in which they killed many millions, Japan came under full contol and occupation by the US. If the relationship is "neo-occupational", one needs only read a little history to understand why. An ending to the current relationship between Japan and America would be more harmful to the former than to the latter. Both parties know this clearly.

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sangetsu, your point is spot on. However, the Lockheed scandal of the 1970s remains a strong memory, and although ANA may be under political pressure to buy Boeing, it must also be feeling cautious to repeat its past mistakes. It's a dirty business, but it's getting more complicated.

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Oh please, as with every industry in the world politics always has a hand behind who you do business with.

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Well done, JAL, for cutting the umbilical cord. Whither ANA?

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Its seems that the Japanese Gov´t also do not know how to do business, they lend $3.5 billion taxpayer rescue and then creditors forgive 730 billion yen ($7.4 billion) in debt. if they limit the slots for JAL in favor of ANA, then can JAL able to repay the money from the tax payers? Logic please..........

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As a passenger all I care about is whether the plane is safe enough to fly in... and I wouldn't voluntarily fly in a 777. I don't care about the politics involved in JAL buying Airbus planes... I've flown mostly in them: modern and roomy.

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I'm hoping we go with the 777X, but I will brush up on Normal, Alternate, Direct and Mechanical Laws just in case.

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Politics play a part in every decision like this. Japanese companies currently have about 12 percent of the production on the A350's and this deal will likely guarantee them more. Hopefully not the contract for batteries.

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Thunderbird, I'm guessing you meant to say "787." The 777 is a solid, reliable plane that's been flying safely for years.

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But the way JAL communicated the decision - with a curt message delivered to officials’ inboxes just as it was publicly announcing the deal, according to Japanese government sources and a person close to the airline - was just as momentous

The real revolution here is that it was an email and not a FAX.

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I will continue to have faith in Boeing, until you hear one of the 787's FALL OUT OF THE SKY, the way the "FlagShip" plane of Airbus'es did, off the coast of Brazil a couple of years ago...or did everyone FORGET that already ? ( AirBus; A380). "We INVITE contrasting points of view "...."ANYone, ANYone" ?

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Boeing was a better company when it had unionized workers and its HQ was in Washington State. They have adopted the MS model for running their business and its looking like they are producing MS quality.

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