The New York Times launched an investigation into a Boeing manufacturing facility at North Charleston, South Carolina -- and the findings are alarming. Following interviews with dozens of current and past employees, as well as reviewing hundreds of corporate documents, the report reveals that this manufacturing facility has been prioritizing production speed over quality -- thereby creating potential safety hazards.
Boeing workers had filed numerous complaints with the federal government regarding poor manufacturing processes, tools and debris being left on plane, installation of faulty parts in planes at the facility, undertaking test flights with engine or tail compromised, and pressure on the employees not report regulatory violations to authorities.
Boeing has denied such allegations claiming that the facility is committed to producing top-quality Dreamliners. According to the newspaper report, this claim is substantiated by the fact that Qatar Airways had rejected that particular Boeing facility due to its manufacturing issues, opting instead to buy its Dreamliners from a different facility since 2014.
These allegations may prove to be further detrimental for the facility’s reputation, as it is already facing investigations including a federal criminal probe into the certification process of Boeing 737 Max following two deadly crashes of the aircraft, one with the Ethiopian Airlines and another in Indonesia.