- - Wednesday, April 27, 2011

BOEING

CEO says poor riveting caused hole in Southwest jet

The CEO of Boeing Co. said a “workmanship issue” and not poor design led to a hole ripping open in a plane that the company built for Southwest Airlines Co.

Jim McNerney said Wednesday that signs do not point to a problem affecting large numbers of the Boeing 737.


A Boeing 737 operated by Southwest developed a 5-foot rip in the roof while cruising 34,000 feet above Arizona on an April 1 flight.

Federal investigators found problems with riveting work performed when the plane was built 15 years ago. The National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report this week that holes drilled in the plane’s skin were too big for the rivets and were not properly lined up.

Independent analysts said such problems would increase stress on the plane’s aluminum skin panels, leading to metal fatigue.

TECHNOLOGY

Wait is over for Apple’s white iPhone 4

CUPERTINO, Calif. | Apple said the long-delayed white iPhone 4 will go on sale Thursday in the United States, the United Kingdom and 26 other countries for $199 or $299, depending on the model.

Apple Inc. said Wednesday that the prices are for phones purchased with a two-year contract from AT&T Inc. or Verizon Wireless in the U.S.

The black iPhone 4 went on sale in June. Apple had hoped to make the white phones available in July, then in late 2010. But it has said that the gadget was more challenging to produce than expected. In October, Apple said the white phones would be available in the spring.

Separately, Apple says the iPad 2 will go on sale in Japan on Thursday and in Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore and eight more countries Friday.

QUALITY STANDARDS

CEO says J&J learned lessons after recalls

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