Earlier this month, internal emails from Boeing 737 MAX crews were made public, revealing new security concerns about the company’s flagship 777X, the Daily Telegraph reported. A long-range, wide-body, twin-engine passenger aircraft, it is currently under development and is expected to replace the older 777-200LR and 777-300ER models.
Through the U.S. Senate investigation, a large number of emails have been released describing problems that arise during the maximum development and qualification process. The emails also highlight Boeing employees’ concerns about the 777X, which could be vulnerable to technical problems.
The email, dated June 2018, a few months before the 737 MAX’s first crash, said the “lowest-ranked, unconfirmed” vendor used in the 737 MAX project was moving to the 777X project.
The email also said, “The best part is that we are working with the same vendor to restart the entire 777X and sign a more positive schedule.” ”
Another Boeing employee warned of cost-cutting measures by selecting “lowest-cost suppliers” for the 737 MAX and 777X projects. “We chose the lowest-cost supplier and signed an impossible timetable, which put us in this position. Why are the lowest ranked suppliers and uncertified suppliers receiving contracts? Just for the lowest cost. Not only the 737 Max project, but also the 777X project! Supplier management drives all of these decisions. ”
Like the 737 MAX, the 777X is an upgrade to an outdated model, an attempt by Boeing to improve the efficiency of its aircraft and provide airlines with better operational efficiency.
Last year, Sina America’s “Boeing 777X aircraft test” fuselage high-pressure fracture company said does not affect the first flight, a new 777X door in the FAA inspectors in the field to assess a structural test flying away from the fuselage.
Boeing’s problems may stem from the fact that it uses “lowest-cost suppliers” to develop high-tech aircraft on older aircraft to compete with Airbus. The severity of the result was obvious: two 737 MAX aircraft crashed due to a flight control system failure, killing 346 people, and the 777X failed structural ground testing.
On the face of it, Boeing executives’ pursuit of profits (at the expense of safety) has been a disaster, as the safety of aircraft has pushed up sales and launched tens of billions of share buybacks, which will allow executives to sell stock options at record share prices.