With literally every single electronics device that I have bought in the last X years breaking very quickly or immediately, and being of horrible quality, this thought keep popping up in my mind:
If they really wanted to, meaning money is not an issue whatsoever, could they manufacture an air plane which is 100% fail-safe, and thus cannot possibly crash or fail to take its passengers and crew from the pre-determined points A and B?
I'm not trying to make this into a "trick" question of some kind. We are not talking about any "lab conditions" or special rules of any kind. It has to be a commercial jumbo jet, but without the issue of money and with the determination of everyone involved to actually make this indestructible and 100% fail-safe air plane.
The fuselage would be impossible to break, even if it somehow crashed. The engines (naturally, they would be four or more) would have specially designed parts made from the most durable materials that exist or can be made with our current knowledge. All kinds of safety measures and maintenance checks can be freely added since there is unlimited funding. One could even replace the entire plane with a brand new identical model for every single flight, just to further increase the likelihood that something did (somehow) wear out from the one voyage the previous plane made.
The requirement is that this plane never crashes or kills or hurts anyone, no matter how many birds come flying into every engine constantly, no matter the extreme weather, and even if all 48 onboard redundant backup-pilots die at the same time. In fact, every single passenger is a pilot.
Of course, this is a very theoretical and implausible question, but it somehow feels to me as if they could achieve a perpetual perfect score of "zero major indicents" if this madness were to be attempted. (Which it obviously never will.)
It genuinely frightens me to think about what kind of greedy people run these companies, and that I am at their cost-cutting mercy to not look out through the window and notice how the jet engines are falling apart mid-flight because they skimped on the routine inspections and some stupid little detail broke because they cannot possibly "do it properly" under these economic constraints.
I also very much wonder if private jets used by billionaires have special, much better and more expensive parts and stricter maintenance checks than what commercial jumbos have. I imagine that this must be the case, because they can afford to "buy safety".