Boeing Grapples With New Set of Technical Issues
After finally settling on a new contract with Washington state union machinists, Boeing (NYSE:BA) was likely hoping for a return to normality following the brutal contract dispute. Unfortunately, “normality” for Boeing means a new round of technical issues that once again put Boeing in the headlines for the wrong reasons.
According to Norwegian Air Shuttle, Boeing engineers are at fault for a short circuit issue on December 29 in New York that caused its 787 Dreamliner to be grounded for three days, Bloomberg reports. In what was eventually proven to be a false warning, a software issue made it appear as though the brakes were being applied to one of the 787′s wheels. Norwegian Air Chief Executive Officer Bjoern Kjos leveled his criticism directly at Boeing’s engineers, claiming that “Some of the teams they have put in place don’t have the necessary experience.”
“The sensor was wrong and it should have been fixed in five minutes,” Kjos said. “Some of the people were very good and some could have had more experience on the 787s.”