Boeing has lobbied Congress to avoid holding hearings on the Boeing 787, according to this Associated Press report.
One might argue about the appropriateness of Boeing lobbying on this issue, but we agree with the outcome: it’s premature to have Congressional hearings, if at all.
Congress has an unfortunate habit of meddling in affairs in a way that seems more aimed at publicity than actually doing anything productive. The investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board isn’t over–it’s not even held its own hearings yet–and the FAA’s own navel-gazing hasn’t concluded (has it even begun?). Until these are done, Congress would be ill-advised to hold any hearings.
Whether it is advisable to hold hearings after these investigations are complete remains to be seen. But for now, no hearings is the right thing.