Oct 22, 2019

Boeing exec exits as 737 MAX crisis continues

Kevin McAllister. Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images.

Boeing executive Kevin McAllister, who served as the company's commercial airplanes CEO and president, is leaving amid an ongoing crisis with the manufacturer's 737 MAX jets, the New York Times reports.

The big picture: McAllister has been under fire for his handling of the division and his leadership during attempts to fix the automated system at least partially responsible for 2 crashes. The 737s have been grounded since March, costing the company at least $8 billion to date, the Times notes.

  • The aircrafts' return to the skies has also been delayed multiple times.

Driving the news: McAllister's departure comes just days after 2016 text messages were made public, showing a pilot may have voiced concerns about an "egregious" issue with the system.

  • Boeing has argued the company had no evidence the system was faulty until the crashes.

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Southwest Airlines' Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

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"Boeing will never, and should not ever, be given the benefit of the doubt again. The combination of arrogance, ignorance, and greed should and will haunt Boeing for eternity."
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Why it matters: The company's sales have slowed as it waits for regulators to approve proposed software fixes for the 737 MAX, which is a mandatory step before the jet can return to service.

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Boeing settled four lawsuits with a Seattle law firm on Friday that's representing families of passengers who died when the Lion Air flight crashed in Ethiopia in Oct. 2018, AP reports.

Why it matters: Boeing has taken heat over how it responded in the aftermath of the two crashes that collectively killed 346 passengers. In early November, lawmakers grilled CEO Dennis Muilenburg over how much he was paid following the crashes.

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