Volume 04, Issue 6
|Letters to the Editor|
Lew Platt's legacy
Upon hearing the news of [Boeing board member and former chairman] Lew Platt's passing, I felt a sense of personal loss, even though I did not know Mr. Platt directly. During the last few turbulent years I felt he did a fantastic job leading the company. It often happens that history requires the right person at the right time. That was Mr. Platt's destiny. He was a man of high moral values and integrity—exactly what this company was founded on and required during this difficult time. His mentorship and example of what we can become will live on in the spirit of The Boeing Company. This is his legacy.
Donate, don't blame
There is plenty of blame to go around for a good part of the tragedy triggered by Katrina, but that can be debated later. I urge all Boeing employees to donate as much as they can afford through the Employees Community Fund to ease the horrible mess that exists. And a big thank-you to The Boeing Company for leading the way.
Editor's note: For more information on Boeing's Hurricane Katrina disaster relief activity, visit http://www.boeing.com/companyoffices/aboutus/community/katrina.html on the World Wide Web.
With the incredible customer response to Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, the consensus is clear: The airline industry is ready for a point-to-point, fuel-efficient airplane that will deliver great performance and that radiates aesthetic pleasantries.
That said, given the recent unprecedented rise in fuel costs (due to increasing global oil demand tied to a flat or shrinking supply base), the 20 percent fuel savings promised by the 787 may not be enough to keep struggling air carriers afloat in 10 years. As fuel prices continue to elevate, airlines will be forced to pass those costs on to passengers. The coming fuel tax on passengers will hold back airline industry growth rates, causing subsequent reductions in future aircraft purchases.
The solution to this likely bottleneck is clear. A systematic approach to alternative fuels and their logistics, as incorporated into aircraft design, needs to be brought to the forefront now. With the unmatched human talent Boeing has in its arsenal, the opportunity to solve the mounting airline-industry fuel dilemma is within our reach. To do so will afford continued customer orders and reaffirm Boeing's position as the industry leader in aircraft innovation.
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