Advice from Good “Friends”

George's Point of View

So I’m drinking my coffee this morning in London, and look what Bloomberg’s headline says that Airbus Chief Operating Officer John Leahy said…
Boeing 747-8 Needs Passenger Evacuation Tests, Airbus Says
So it is news that Boeing should do more tests on the basis of a rival’s comment that “I intend to fly in that airplane one of these days and I’d like to know you can get out of it.” Well. I guess it is news. Who knew. If I were Airbus Chief Operating Officer John Leahy, I wouldn’t want to fly Airbus either, but I don’t know that I’d tell a newspaper reporter that.
Certainly Airbus Chief Operating Officer John Leahy’s advice in the article is kindly meant. Surely Airbus Chief Operating Officer John Leahy would not be wishing problems on a rival company, especially looking back on Airbus’s own evacuation problems: “They evacuated 873 people from its A380 in 80 seconds, 10 seconds faster than its goal. One person broke a leg in the exercise, which was carried out in a dark hangar at an Airbus factory in Hamburg.”
Let’s get real.
As if Airbus doesn’t have a vested interest in causing Boeing further delay.

Originally posted by George Hatcher on Thursday, February 17th, 2011 at 1:11 pm