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Regulators push Boeing towards “systemic change”

  • June 3, 2024
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Regulators push Boeing towards “systemic change”

Boeing will continue to face an increase in inspections and limits on production, with regulators saying that “systemic change” is needed to regain confidence over the safety of its planes. The aerospace manufacturer presented regulators with a plan on Thursday that was aimed at improving quality for its aircraft.

After the meeting, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in America said that the agency will continue with weekly meetings with senior executives to monitor its implementation.

“That’s really the hard part,” FAA administrator Mike Whitaker said. He could not give a timeframe for when the current production gap on plans may be lifted. “I don’t think it will happen in the next few months,” he said.

Boeing has been in the spotlight recently after an unused door fell off a brand new 737 Max during a flight by Alaska Airlines in January. This left a gaping hole on the side of the plane.

Concerns have been raised in the past about the company’s attitude to safety and quality control. The company faced scrutiny after two 737 Max planes were lost in separate but nearly identical accidents. These resulted in the deaths of 346 people.  

Boeing’s outgoing chief executive, Dave Calhoun, said that many elements in the plan were already underway and the company would remain “committed” to the execution of the plans. The company would continue to work under the oversight of the FAA.

The recent incident in January, which investigators found to be related to missing bolts, raised doubts about its corporate culture and approach to manufacturing.

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