SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Cos's commercial aircraft department, facing its biggest crisis this year after fatal crashes of the flagship 737 MAX aircraft, has introduced a new vice president of engineering while dedicated to another top flight investigator, a company e. -post showed on Tuesday.
FILE PHOTO: An American Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 flight from Los Angeles is approaching landing at Reagan National Airport shortly after the FAA announced the aircraft were grounded by the United States in Washington, USA March 13, 2019. REUTERS / Joshua Roberts
Management redistributes comes as Europe and Canada said they would seek their own guarantees of the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX, further complicating plans to get the plane flying all over the world after they were grounded in the wake of crashes that killed more than 300 people.
John Hamilton, formerly both vice president and chief engineer of Boeing's commercial aircraft division, will only focus on the role of chief engineer, the unit's chief executive officer Kevin McAllister told employees on Tuesday in an email that was seen by Reuters.
"This will allow him to fully dedicate his attention to the ongoing accident investigations," McAllister said, adding that the necessary changes were needed as "we prioritize and bring additional resources to the ongoing accident surveys."
Lynne Hopper – who previously led Test & Evaluation in Boeing's Engineering, Test & Technology Group – has been appointed vice president in engineering, McAllister said.
A Boeing spokesman refused to comment, but confirmed the authenticity of the email.
Shakeup showed how the world's largest planner released engineering resources as it faces scrutiny investigations while maintaining the production of its 737 single-flying airplanes.
Earlier, Hamilton served as vice president of engineering for Boeing Commercial Airplanes from April 2016 to March 2019, according to a biography on the Boeing website.
From July 2013 to March 2016, Hamilton served as Vice President of Security, Safety and Compliance and Supervised Commercial Flight Organization Designation Approval – a program that undertakes certain security certification tasks on behalf of the US Federal Aviation Administration.
Lawmakers and security experts question how carefully regulators have seen the MAX model and how well pilots were trained on new features.
For now, global regulators have founded the existing fleet of more than 300 MAX aircraft, and deliveries of nearly 5,000 more – well over $ 500 billion – are on hold. (Graphic: tmsnrt.rs/2Hv2btC)
Boeing's shares rose 0.3 percent on Tuesday, eventually at $ 373.43. They are still down more than 11 percent since crashing in Ethiopia and struggling over $ 25 billion of market share.
Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing Lisa Shumaker