28 OCTOBER 2019


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Article from BTNews 28 OCTOBER 2019

Heads roll as Boeing is criticised

Top jobs at Boeing have been reshuffled as the company deals with the aftermath of the B737 MAX affair, which took a further turn on Friday when Boeing was criticised by the official report into last year's Lion Air accident that started the crisis.

Indonesian investigators said the company acted without adequate oversight from US regulators and failed to grasp risks in the design of cockpit software on the MAX. This sowed the seeds for the Lion Air crash, which the report said also involved errors by airline workers and crew.

Ahead of the report, Boeing replaced Kevin McAllister as president and chief executive of the commercial aircraft division with Stan Deal. Ted Colbert was named to succeed Deal as president and chief executive of Boeing global services.

Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg, who had already been removed from his role as chairman, said: “Our entire Boeing team is focused on operational excellence, aligned with our values of safety, quality and integrity.”

He added: “We are committed to delivering on our commitments and regaining trust with our regulators, customers and other stakeholders.”

New chairman David Calhoun said: “The Boeing board fully supports these moves. Boeing will emerge stronger than ever from its current challenges and the changes we are making will benefit the flying public well into the future.”

(See also Delays hit B777X deliveries in this issue).


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