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Originally published Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 2:05 PM

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Boeing denounces Al Jazeera documentary on 787 Dreamliner

Boeing criticizes Al Jazeera English documentary posted online.


By Seattle Times business staff

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Boeing on Wednesday denounced an Al Jazeera English documentary on the 787 Dreamliner, calling it “neither balanced nor accurate.”

The 49-minute piece debuted Wednesday and in the U.S. initially will only be seen online.

Boeing’s statement said that based on the promotional trailer and media reviews, it appeared to be “as biased a production as we have seen in some time.”

In addition to chronicling some of the 787 program’s well-known production problems and the overheating batteries that led to its three-month grounding, the documentary includes hidden-camera video of workers at the company’s South Carolina plant criticizing their co-workers and the planes they produce.

“It is unfortunate that the producers of this television program appear to have fallen into the trap of distorting facts, relying on claims rejected by courts of law, breathlessly rehashing as ‘news’ stories that have been covered exhaustively in the past and relying on anonymous sources who appear intent only on harming The Boeing Company,” the statement said. “This specious production appears to have ignored the factual information provided by Boeing and instead based the majority of its reporting on unnamed sources pursuing their own agendas and a disgruntled former employee engaged in a legal dispute with Boeing.”

The statement also defended the quality of work done at the South Carolina 787 complex, where the less experienced workforce has struggled to reach expected production rates.

“Our data of the current 787 fleet in service show parity in the quality and performance of airplanes manufactured in both locations,” said the statement.

Boeing said it will have no further comment on the documentary.



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