This week’s featured link:
The Long-Forgotten Flight That Sent Boeing Off Course – The Atlantic
Don’t worry, this isn’t a 10,000 word traditional Atlantic article. It’s a relatively short piece highlighting how Boeing’s merger with McDonnell Douglas led to a finance-first instead of engineering-first culture. And as the author says, that’s why Boeing is in this mess today.
Two for the road:
Qantas rejects Airbus and Boeing offers for non-stop New York jets – The Sydney Morning Herald
Qantas: Hey Boebus, we want a very niche airplane to fly routes nobody else needs.
Boebus: Ok, we’ll work on it. But it’s gonna cost you.
Qantas: No thanks, too expensive, go “sharpen your pencils”
Airline Water Study 2019 – DietDetective.com and the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center
A reader sent this to me asking for my take, and I just can’t bring myself to care. I get it. There is nasty stuff in the water. But there are millions of cups of coffee served on airlines and millions of hand-washings in airline lavs. How many people get sick? Not a lot, at least not enough to get me worried. I’m not gonna drink cold water from the tap, but I’m going to just assume that drinking hot tea warms up the water enough to kill bad things. And I’ll keep washing my hands. Do I want this stuff cleaned up? Sure. But I’m not overly worried until I see proof it’s causing mass sickness.