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By Donald Lambro
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Hans Weber
Boeing has hit a rough patch with its once heralded Dreamliner 787 series that continues to attract unwanted attention, but it's nothing that will ground the company in the long run, analysts say.
Planes are being built out of the same lightweight materials used for Formula 1 race cars. Their engines are being redesigned to squeeze more thrust out of every gallon of fuel. And governments are developing air-traffic systems that will allow airlines to fly shorter routes.
"From everything I know, the 787 is a well-thought-out design with a tremendous amount of safety that went into it," Mr. Weber said. "There were teething problems. This is typical. Any new product that goes into manufacturing, there's always glitches before they iron out all the weaknesses."
The 787, like most new products, is going through a natural phase of "teething problems," said Hans Weber, president of TECOP International, who expects the Boeing to outgrow what he believes are minor issues.