The President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, has advised American plane manufacturer, Boeing, on how to overcome the current negative public perception of its airplanes.
According to President Trump, even though some may not regard him as the right person to give branding advice, he would advise Boeing to “fix the Boeing 737 Max, add some additional features, and rebrand the plane with a new name.”
He added that no product has suffered more than Boeing‘s 737 Max.
What do I know about branding, maybe nothing (but I did become President!), but if I were Boeing, I would FIX the Boeing 737 MAX, add some additional great features, & REBRAND the plane with a new name.
No product has suffered like this one. But again, what the hell do I know?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
Recall that the company has been struggling with sales since the deadly crashes of Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines which happened five months apart. The crashes killed all the passengers on-board. Both planes were Boeing 737-Max 8 models.
The developments resulted in a global ban/restriction of Boeing‘s Max models, as aviation regulators raced to curb the fears that elicited from the crashes. Boeing has also stopped production and delivery of its Max models to investigate and fix the fault which has been linked to Boeing‘s MCAS software.
Whether Boeing takes Trump’s advise or not, one thing remains clear — the company needs to rebrand in order to lure its lost clients as well as regain the confidence of passengers.
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The Boeing Max model had been the best-selling model in the history of the American plane manufacturer. However, total demand fell to 95 aircraft from 180 a year earlier.
Boeing Co’s first-quarter Max–737 deliveries tumbled about 33 percent, pushing total aircraft deliveries down 19 percent compared to 149 from a year earlier. The company delivered just 11 MAX airplanes in March 2019.
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