Top Commercial Aircraft Executive Leaves Boeing

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If Boeing watchers were looking for heads to roll in the wake of the 737 MAX crisis, the first scalp may have been taken. The New York Times reported that Kevin McAllister, the company’s executive in charge of commercial airplanes, is leaving Boeing. His replacement is to be Stanley Deal, who now heads Boeing’s Global Services business unit.

McAllister’s departure follows a recent announcement that the board voted to strip Dennis Muilenburg of his chairman title, although he will retain his CEO duties. The board appointed David Calhoun to serve as executive chairman.

Both changes come as Boeing continues to struggle to return the troubled MAX to service for multiple airlines. Following two crashes that killed a total of 346 people, Boeing has been feverishly reworking the MAX’s MCAS stability enhancement system. The airplane’s return to service has been continually pushed back and it’s now believed it won’t fly in revenue service until sometime next year.

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  1. It’s about time that Boeing started cleaning house. Instead of “demoting” him to CEO, Muilenburg should have been the first casualty in my opinion. His profit above all else attitude was instrumental in this whole mess. Considering how long it is taking to recertify the MAX, even allowing for the multiple international agencies involved, the MCAS system obviously has more problems than a simple software fix. And, as the lawsuits begin to pile up and future stock dividends are in jeopardy, the stockholders will be screaming for more heads to roll.

    • Even if it was a simple software fix (which it couldn’t be, as they now require multiple inputs to the system) it could take months to get it approved (I work in aviation certification.)
      I don’t believe that stockholders should be allowed to sue over this; you take the good with the bad when you play that game.