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Jet market oracle Tinseth bows out with Boeing at crossroads


Added 02-13-20 07:03:01pm EST - “Years ago, when Randy Tinseth was still running Boeing's sales account for ...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Jet market oracle Tinseth bows out with Boeing at crossroads”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Years ago, when Randy Tinseth was still running Boeing’s sales account for United Airlines, the plane company’s designers pulled him aside.

“They called me in and said we want to show United this interesting product and we can’t tell you about it until we get there,” Tinseth recalled. “We get to United and this dented silver case comes off the conveyer belt for bags and ... I don’t even know what is in it.”

But the plane never made it off the ground, as airlines in the early 2000s put more emphasis on efficiency than speed. The company quickly shifted to the high-tech but more conventional 787 Dreamliner - so quickly that rival Airbus suggested the Sonic Cruiser was just a bluff.

Tinseth, who recently told colleagues he plans to retire after 38 years at Boeing, said he had plenty of such stories about rollercoaster bets in an often-volatile industry.

“I remember it was a couple years of talking about (the Sonic Cruiser) and then it turned into the 7E7 and the 787,” Tinseth said at the Singapore Airshow.

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