Boeing’s 737 MAX crisis leaves it badly behind in ‘arms race’ for next decade’s jets
"an absence of leadership, an absence of strategy and an inability to communicate.", R. Aboulafia
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December 29, 2019 - by Dominic Gates for seattletimes.com
- Boeing's disastrous year will be followed by a precarious 2020: As the company's new leaders struggle to recover control, they face crucial decisions about developing new airplanes while coping with depleted financial resources.
Since the second fatal 737 MAX crash, in Ethiopia in March, and the subsequent worldwide grounding of the jet, Boeing — the company that built the Pacific Northwest's manufacturing economy and made the region a global powerhouse of aerospace technology — has suffered a precipitous fall.
Ongoing investigations of the crashes have spotlighted the badly flawed design of the MAX's flight control system and a largely self-certifying oversight regime that failed to catch the flaws.
Congressional investigators are combing internal Boeing documents for evidence of malpractice, and a Department of Justice probe means even a criminal indictment is not ruled out. The jetmaker's stellar global reputation is badly tarnished.
Through it all, said Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis at aviation consulting firm Teal Group, Boeing has displayed "an absence of leadership, an absence of strategy and an inability to communicate."
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