Boeing's China Problem

  • Published: 10 September 2019
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Comments • 2 851

  • Can't B you
    Can't B you  3 minutes back

    airbus planes are more comfortable anyway

    • BADGUY 1
      BADGUY 1  38 minutes back

      I did an avionics certification at Boeing in 1980. At that time Boeing had TWO competing engineering groups to develop new products. One group was called (the best I can remember) "Product Engineering". The other was called "Staff Engineering". The job of the "Product Engineering" group was to layout the "nuts and bolts" of the product installation (hardware design...wiring diagrams, etc). The job of the "Staff Engineering" group was to test the installation to see if it met all safety considerations. Of course there were many disputes between the two groups...arguing "nuts and bolts" considerations against "safety" ones. I had heard, the "Staff Engineering" groups were downsized and/or possibly eliminated, to "speed up" certification of new systems. If that is true (but I hope it's not), Boeing's move to save a little on development and engineering costs, cost them BIG BUCKS paying reparations for their 737 Max fiasco.... a payout that might have otherwise been avoided if they spent more time (and $'s) evaluating the operation of their new pitch control system...that caused those two crashes.

      • BADGUY 1
        BADGUY 1  50 minutes back

        I supported the assembly of McDonald Douglas, MD-80's, in Shanghai in the mid 1980's. So China is NOT new to western aircraft assembly and avionics. A Chinese aircraft factory, in Shenyang, also assembled vertical tail sections for Boeing aircraft in the early 1980's. Boeing helped build their own competition by allowing the Chinese to strong arm them into assisting the Chinese aircraft industry and giving up manufacturing secrets to order to get aircraft orders.

        • haydar abood
          haydar abood  1 hours back

          Why speeking fast

          • J IJzer
            J IJzer  3 hours back

            So also made in China garbage in the sky

            • J IJzer
              J IJzer  1 hours back

              @Epsensieg 18 true but the quality got better and better but from China is is getting worse and worse

            • Epsensieg 18
              Epsensieg 18  2 hours back

              The same was said about Japan … japcrap.

          • Nicholas Miller
            Nicholas Miller  3 hours back

            China will preference its own manufacturers when they reach proficiency. This is inevitable and understandable.

            Boeing doesn't need to be the world's largest airplane manufacturer to be successful or sustainable. The real challenge for Boeing will be whether the United States government and U.S. airlines are smart enough to prevent China from dumping airplanes on the U.S. market to undermine Boeing.

            • Epsensieg 18
              Epsensieg 18  2 hours back

              The US does the same, there are 30 models of cars banned in the US. The Toyota Landcruiser ute being one.

          • Luke Reeves
            Luke Reeves  5 hours back

            2.2m morons sub this crap. Humanity is so screwed.

            • Peng Fu
              Peng Fu  7 hours back

              Sure.....Boeing is not State Owned, but it certainly has lobbyists galore in influencing the U.S. government to give them tons of favors, especially huge military contracts.

              Remember our Dear Mister Patrick Shannonhan used to work for Boeing, then took on the role of our "ACTING U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE?";

              Remember the U.S. government gave Boeing the rights to bypass the stringent inspection and certification needed by the Federal Aviation Administration;

              How about our Furer Trump suggested to Boeing to rebrand their Boeing 737 Max 8?

              One more....So China is stealing our IPs and braniac works in the past, present and the foreseeable future, why do we still keep sending the empty planes for China to install the internal components? So they could learn how to build their own planes and we get to call them thief in the future?

              Digressing a bit here....Why is Tesla building their first foreign factory, the Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai? Aren't we just allow these cheaters to rob more of our inventions?

              One last thing....Since we hate socialism and communism sooooo much, why are we wearing and using so much Made In China junks touched by those dirty Communist hands? Look, that iPhone in our sanity democratic freedom swollen hands was assembled by the evil doers' nasty hands, human right violators, dog eaters, a country without any freedoms, Black Mirror social credit system implementors, and Urgyurs lockers.

              We are so much better than China. They need us and we never need them, so let's move all the business and production lines out of that fucking evil country that pollutes the world (by making stuff for us). Humongous mistakes were made! But why the fuck are we not move the jobs back home, but SEND THEM TO ANOTHER EVIL SNEAKY COMMUNIST COUNTRY, VIETNAM!!!???? Won't they fuck the poor little defenseless USA the same way China did?

              Anyone? Anyone?

              • Epsensieg 18
                Epsensieg 18  2 hours back

                The US is protectionist. China doesn't need the US so much, only 18% of its exports go to the US and Chinese exports only amount to 18% of its GDP. !20 million working Americans will never keep up with a billion harder working Chinese, that's the reality. The US needs to reinvent itself, it likely will one day when it finishes its war agender.

            • tskjesusfreak
              tskjesusfreak  7 hours back

              Skillshare Skillshare and PoopShare

              • mnguyea
                mnguyea  7 hours back

                China will buy its own made planes just as the Russians do for their smaller fleet. I just don't see them competing in this space as no one is gong to trust getting on a plane "Made in China.' They maybe good for electronics and consumer goods but I'm not trusting my life to them at 35k in the air.

                • Jack Tellerson
                  Jack Tellerson  8 hours back

                  How can you compete with state sponsored businesses. Abandon the Chinese market.

                  • Ross
                    Ross  8 hours back

                    I think it's going to be a long time before any major Airline order's the Comac. I think they will wan't to see it in service for a few years to see how it copes first. Personally I think the best route for Chinese Airlines is to order planes like the A220, A320neo, A321neo.. as they are proven to be reliable and safe. Also the 3 major Chinese Airlines have A350's in their fleet that have had no problems what so ever so it's a no brainer.

                    • Mark W
                      Mark W  8 hours back

                      Standard Chinese practice... Force a Boeing to partner with a Chinese company to access the market... Steal the plans and make copies.

                      • Epsensieg 18
                        Epsensieg 18  2 hours back

                        That's how the history of the world works.

                    • Hringhorne Stularsson
                      Hringhorne Stularsson  8 hours back

                      I do NOT want to learn new things, everything that has worked for hundreds of years, will work for hundreds of years even in the future!!! ;)

                      • Regan Orr
                        Regan Orr  9 hours back

                        If you do business in Red China, ChiComs will STEAL your Intellectual Property! You'll Go Broke!

                        • Regan Orr
                          Regan Orr  9 hours back

                          Instead of Fixing the Nose Thrust Upward Problem, Boeing made Computer Adjustment! Genius!

                          • Kristen Sorensen
                            Kristen Sorensen  9 hours back

                            Boeing was just stupid not growing a twin jet 727 instead of the lousy cheep 737. Just my view. Funny China is building its own - NOT!

                            • Kristen Sorensen
                              Kristen Sorensen  9 hours back

                              So Boeing burned China worse than anyone how totally stupid! Oh yeah thanks FAA!

                              • Rob Badlands
                                Rob Badlands  9 hours back

                                maybe its not "big enuff" for your show, but as a WAstate born'raised i wanna know. how is a state, currently consider one of the bluest/greenest states. with the votes on legistlation and representation to evidence it. the home of the most dominant, monopolistic, human-neglecting-profit-maximizing megacorps? boeing, microsoft, amazon. in my lifetime, there have been 2 "richest people in the world". both hail from the evergreen state. which is home of evergreen college. which has the viral video of some kids going full-retard on some profs.

                                • Glauro Priori Campello
                                  Glauro Priori Campello  9 hours back

                                  Don't you forget EMBRAER, a Brazilian Aircraft Industry, now a partnership with Boeing, and presently with office in Beijing?

                                  • Abhay Gupta
                                    Abhay Gupta  10 hours back

                                    Bloody Chinese all low quality product manufacturer huh

                                    • Epsensieg 18
                                      Epsensieg 18  2 hours back

                                      People said that about Japan once.

                                  • Ming Fang
                                    Ming Fang  12 hours back

                                    The challenge of Boeing is quality not opportunity.

                                    • Adolf Galand
                                      Adolf Galand  12 hours back

                                      Let's start a trade war, that'll solve Boeings problems.

                                      • Roger Froud
                                        Roger Froud  13 hours back

                                        The biggest long term issue is definitely that China will eventually make their own aircraft, just like they've made everything else. You can bet they're stealing the IP for these and are reverse engineering what they can't steal. Once they're starting making their own, the rest of the world can kiss goodbye to selling them any aircraft.

                                        • Epsensieg 18
                                          Epsensieg 18  2 hours back

                                          Chinese are very savvy at business.

                                      • Steve P
                                        Steve P  13 hours back

                                        China is building it's very own airliner.
                                        With technology stolen from Western Companies.
                                        In the years prior to the institution of "controls" on technology , China robbed us blind.

                                        • The Philosopher of Culture

                                          We all know that American institutions tend to be compromised by the companies that they are supposed to oversee. If the financial interests are large enough and the officials are of low morale, which they at some point of time will be if only by chance, all rules and laws are discarded. This happens to all societies based on money as its principal guiding principle, including South Korea and Japan. The Boeing scandal is just one of many. It started in public awareness with the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant scandal in 1979. It is a flaw of capitalism.

                                          • M B
                                            M B  14 hours back

                                            I think you mean a trio, not a trifecta

                                            • 閻宇
                                              閻宇  14 hours back

                                              Look how Macron's smiling. He must be grateful to DT.

                                              • anthony wong
                                                anthony wong  15 hours back

                                                When you are flying in a MAX how many of you have thoughts of will this crash?

                                                • DD
                                                  DD  15 hours back

                                                  Few things are "always" good. COMPETITION is one of those things that is ALWAYS GOOD. No exceptions.

                                                  • Zeus Knobblewacker
                                                    Zeus Knobblewacker  15 hours back

                                                    I see you didn’t include Taiwan on your map of China...


                                                    🇹🇼 🇹🇼🇹🇼

                                                    • Just4Kixs
                                                      Just4Kixs  15 hours back

                                                      And thus begins the wane of the USA as the leading nation of the world. That was the past century.
                                                      It's China's turn this century.

                                                      • Deren Bong
                                                        Deren Bong  16 hours back

                                                        allies? China has no frens, China colonizes countries through debt traps,

                                                        • BUrton BinGer
                                                          BUrton BinGer  16 hours back

                                                          When folks used "propped up" by the defence industry, it becomes unclear what the industry does. Defence, isn't a topic for discussion when soldiers are dying only when we feel safe. President Eisenhower said "beware" the defence industrial complex, you know the one that gave him his win WW2, it's not unheard of bad contracts being pushed through, on one hand but with a 700 billion annual bill money is flowing faster than can be spotted, until it's too late. The government does not "prop-up" Boeing or any other single company it is just as bad with all contractors, history mostly discovers the screwups but in the meantime, we sleep well and are military has enough bullets. So let's not follow an anxious moment for an old General, work on the value of defence, sleep well and prosper.

                                                          • Deren Bong
                                                            Deren Bong  16 hours back

                                                            you're a very naive commentator, u seriously believe everything that China says?

                                                            • Brad Wolf
                                                              Brad Wolf  16 hours back

                                                              China has a much stronger 強 position with boeung 寶行。- 郭天元

                                                              • Sayan guria
                                                                Sayan guria  18 hours back

                                                                I generally dislike communists but china took the right decision by grounding MAX. FAA's corrupted behaviour was endangering lives of passenger around world.

                                                                • Jlassi Jlali
                                                                  Jlassi Jlali  18 hours back

                                                                  it is not FAA corrupted it is more about the Goverment! he with years give them less and less Money ... they really killing it sslowly! ..and this all because Boeing corrupttion ..

                                                              • LilacDoe
                                                                LilacDoe  19 hours back

                                                                You mean the US elected a mentally unstable president and now China is rapidly becoming a world leader... ~shocked~

                                                                • Alpha Lobster
                                                                  Alpha Lobster  19 hours back

                                                                  Boeing 737, the finest aircraft I have ever flown.

                                                                  • A. H.
                                                                    A. H.  19 hours back

                                                                    The problem is not china, the problem is boeing

                                                                    • LogicalDrone
                                                                      LogicalDrone  22 hours back

                                                                      If Ryan Air or any other non-Chinese airline were to start using the C919, I would never take that flight. I wouldn't trust the build quality.

                                                                      • JackyDawg12
                                                                        JackyDawg12  23 hours back

                                                                        "Just by LOOKING at this plane, you can tell it's built to compete directly with Airbus' A320 and Boeing's 737"
                                                                        uhhh no I did not notice that

                                                                        • Yanshuo Li
                                                                          Yanshuo Li  24 hours back

                                                                          why wasnt taiwan also red?! china No.1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :))))

                                                                          • king james488
                                                                            king james488  1 days back

                                                                            "we want compensation for choosing not to use your planes!"

                                                                            typical china...
                                                                            I can't wait til they build their own plane and cheap out on everything, kill a bunch of people, and blame boeing/airbus because they copied their planes poorly.

                                                                            • Chris Edwards
                                                                              Chris Edwards  1 days back

                                                                              tfw you haven't filled your China and airplane-related video quota

                                                                              • James Collins
                                                                                James Collins  1 days back

                                                                                Again .... a Chinese Communist mentality of stealing other people’s technology to make themselves successful.

                                                                                • Abhishek Sahu
                                                                                  Abhishek Sahu  1 days back

                                                                                  Please make a video on logistics of movie making..for example all aspects of avengers,from star cast to planning to VFX pipeline

                                                                                  • shad manigat
                                                                                    shad manigat  1 days back

                                                                                    China is a separate planet, the want to build everything