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Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg resigns in wake of 737 Max crisis
After two plane crashes, Boeing is shaking up its leadership.The shakeup is meant to help Boeing operate with full transparency, including improved communication with the US Federal Aviation Administration, other global regulators and its customers, according to a release from the company on Monday. In October, an international flight safety panel found failures by both the FAA and Boeing in regards to the two 737 Max plane crashes that killed over 300 people. The report said changes needed to be made to pilot response times, certification and communicating updates in airline software.
Boeing's newest airliner, the 777X, is making its first flight Friday. A next-generation model of the 26-year-old, the 777X is the .
Like, the aircraft is made from and has and . Able to carry more people and than existing 777 models, it will be the twin-engine plane in the world, Boeing says.
You can watch a livestream of the flight here:
But its standout feature is thethat will cut the aircraft's enormous from 235 feet down to just under 213 feet, letting the 777x fit on existing airport taxiways and at terminal gates where can operate. The 's 261-foot wingspan forced airports when the double-decker plane debuted in 2007, something Boeing wants to avoid.
New Boeing CEO takes over as 737 Max problems remain unresolved
The aircraft maker has a lot of work to do.David L. Calhoun will fill the role of president and CEO of Boeing, according to a company press release Monday. He takes over the position from interim CEO Greg Smith, who temporarily led the company after former CEO Dennis Muilenburg left in December.
The flight comes as Boeing as it continues to face fallout from thethat killed 346 people in 2018 and 2019. On Monday, the company announced that the Max will stay grounded .
Boeing says the 777X could begin passenger service as early as next year. So far it has orders from eight airlines including British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.
But before that can happen, the Federal Aviation Administration and other aviation regulatory bodies around the world will need to certify the aircraft, and its flip-up tips, as safe. According to anpublished in May 2018, Boeing had determined that "a catastrophic event" could occur if the airplane wingtips are not properly positioned and secured for takeoff and during flight.
In that document, the FAAthat the wingtips must meet before it will certify the aircraft. Those include having more than one method to alert the flight crew that the wingtips are not properly positioned prior to takeoff, a mechanism to prevent takeoff if the wingtips aren't extended and another mechanism to prevent the wingtips from folding during flight.
The WTO considers aid received by Boeing for the B777X
to be illegal New episode in the conflict between the United States and the European Union over public aid granted to their aeronautical industry. A file opened in 2004 by mutual complaints from Washington and Brussels lodged with the World Trade Organization (WTO).the European camp has today smile today.
Aid for the B777X
This Monday, the WTO, which had already denounced in 2012 the subsidies received by Boeing for the development of the B787, deemed illegal the aid received by the American aircraft manufacturer from Washington State for the B777X , the successor to the B777 launched in 2013 and scheduled to enter service in 2020.
"The WTO panel has discovered that the multi-billion dollar subsidies paid to Boeing by the State of Washington include subsidies "prohibited" which, in his view, belong to "a specific category ... which members consider to be likely to give rise to significant trade distortions, and are therefore prohibited", since they "are specifically intended to affect trade" "Airbus Group said in a statement.
"Following this historic decision, the illegal grants must be canceled without further delay," said Tom Enders, chief executive officer of Airbus Group.
26 billion prohibited aid
This aid provided in the form of tax exemptions amounts to $ 8.7 billion and covers, according to a source close to the European file, almost all of the development costs of this program. With the subsidies also highlighted by the WTO in 2012, Boeing would have benefited, according to Airbus Group, from $ 26 billion in "prohibited" aid.
"Previous WTO conclusions had already confirmed that the B787 was the most heavily subsidized aircraft in the history of aviation," said Fabrice Brégier, CEO of Airbus. "The report released today clearly demonstrates that Boeing has gone even further. The development of the 777X will not cost Boeing a single dollar thanks to Washington state taxpayers. We believe that the damage to Airbus and the The European aeronautics industry is in the order of $ 50 billion just for the 777X, and the United States Trade Representative (USTR) should take immediate action. This cannot continue. now is the time for the United States Trade Representative to ensure that Boeing puts an end to its anti-competitive behavior, "he added.
Taking into account the previous conclusions, Airbus Group even figures the commercial damage at 95 billion dollars.
Europe for negotiation?
Boeing should appeal, once again pushing the outcome of this interminable soap opera. Will it ever end? In any case, on the European side, we are ready to close this file.
"We are ready to negotiate with the United States", explains a person familiar with the matter in Europe, "there is no point in continuing". Except to want to play the game of China which massively subsidizes its aeronautical industry but against which neither Washington, nor Brussels, will dare to attack for fear of the reprisals which would ensue.
Boeing found another software bug on the 737 Max .
Boeing is working to fix yet another software bug on its 737 Max, Bloomberg reports. The glitch involves an indicator light for the "stabilizer trim system," which helps raise and lower the plane's nose. The light was turning on when it wasn't supposed to. Boeing is already resolving the problem, and it still expects the 737 Max to resume flying by mid-2020. But this is the third software flaw to be discovered and reported since the 737 Max crashes, which killed 346 people. Months after the fatal flaw was discovered, Boeing encountered another problem that prevented the flight control computers from starting and verifying that they were ready for flight.
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