Boeing changes executive in charge of the 737 Max factory

Boeing reshuffles management of grounded 737- memo

Boeing reshuffles management of grounded 737- memo

Lindblad, a respected engineer who had also run the 777X wide-body program, has been with Boeing for about 34 years and had mentioned retiring last year, McAllister said.

Eric Lindblad has been in the job less than a year, taking over as Boeing struggled with shortages of engines and fuselages from suppliers. The 34-year Boeing executive took charge of the manufacturing site in Renton, Wash., as the USA plane maker struggled with late deliveries of engines and other components.

Boeing's (BA) programme manager for its grounded 737 Max fleet is set to retire in the wake of two fatal crashes involving the planes.

The airline initially meant to start using the 737 Max again in July. In March, Boeing said John Hamilton, formerly both vice president and chief engineer in Boeing's Commercial Airplanes division, will focus exclusively on the role of chief engineer. Jenks previously managed the Boeing 787, which was grounded in 2013 after batteries overheated on several planes. More than 500 of the planes are now stored around the globe, including about 150 newly built models that haven't been delivered to airlines because of the March 13 flight ban.

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Mike Sinnett, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of product development and future airplane development, will assume the role of vice president for NMA in addition to his current role, the memo said. Sinnett will still brief customers and others on technical aspects of the Max, including software linked to the crashes.

Boeing was little changed after the end of regular trading in NY.

Boeing Co. shares rose $6.70, or 1.9 per cent, to close at $359. Even with the planemaker's travails, the stock is up 11 percent year-to-date.

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