Battered by the 737 MAX crisis, Boeing leadership braces for the Paris Air Show
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June 15, 2014 - by Dominic Gates for seattletimes.com
Shadowed by the ongoing 737 MAX crisis, Boeing's leadership heads to Paris for the biannual Air Show starting Monday braced for incessant questions for which it has no clear answers.
Top executives might well feel this is a year to just get through the public presentations and return home quickly to press on with their 737 MAX fix. But they also will meet privately at the Boeing chalet overlooking the Le Bourget airfield runways with the airline leaders and suppliers most affected by the grounding of the aircraft and the growing buildup of parked MAXs.
"This will not be a typical Air Show for us by any means," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief Kevin McAllister via email. "This is an important time for us to meet with customers, industrial partners and suppliers on our path forward."
McAllister said he's going through "the most trying time I have encountered in 30-plus years in this industry."
"This is a pivotal moment for us," he added...