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Airplane Grounding Tests Boeing's Influence In Washington


Added 03-14-19 07:06:02am EST - “For decades, Boeing has worked to ingratiate itself with regulators and policymakers. That effort could be important as the company responds to a pair of deadly crashes.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Airplane Grounding Tests Boeing's Influence In Washington”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Federal Aviation Administration called for the grounding of Boeing's 737 Max planes on Wednesday. Boeing is facing a test of its notable influence in Washington. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

The Federal Aviation Administration called for the grounding of Boeing's 737 Max planes on Wednesday. Boeing is facing a test of its notable influence in Washington.

The federal order grounding all 737 Max jetliners in the U.S. comes after repeated assurances from the manufacturer that the planes are safe.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg made that argument Tuesday in a telephone call with President Trump. The call is indicative of the direct line the aerospace giant has long enjoyed with the highest reaches of power in Washington — a connection that is being tested following two deadly plane crashes.

Trump had been in office less than a month when he visited a Boeing factory in February of 2017 to celebrate the launch of a 787 Dreamliner.

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