No Boeing. An "abundance of caution" is not good enough

Boeing 737 Max8

In the wake of a major disaster, words matter. And for Boeing to say it grounded the troubled 737 Max8 aircraft in “an abundance of caution” was a particularly unhelpful choice of words.

Within just five months, two of the new aircraft crashed minutes after take-off – in Indonesia and Ethiopia – killing a total of 346 passengers and crew.

Four days after the second crash – when more than 40 countries around the world had already banned the aircraft and Boeing shares lost a reported $35 billion in value – US authorities finally decided to ground the Max8 and Max9 models. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said the company supported this step “out of an abundance of caution.”

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Fiona Patten MLC

Fiona Patten MLC & Clifton Group luncheon Fiona Patten MLC & Clifton Group luncheon

As a key part of our activities, Clifton holds events from time to time with key opinion leaders with a view to helping expand participants’ knowledge and contacts.

In our work in government relations, we know how important it is to understand the dynamics of politics especially with independents and small parties playing a more important role.

Clifton hosted Reason Party Leader Fiona Patten at a small private luncheon recently where she talked to some of our clients and friends about her agenda for the coming term.

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