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President Boeing supports CEO choice

"He did everything he could"

President Boeing Dave Calhoun supported the choice by Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg not to receive any bonus award until the B-737 Max aircraft returns fully in service (see AVIONEWS) following fatal accidents in Ethiopia and Indonesia (see AVIONEWS).

"From the point of view of our advice, Dennis did everything he could", said Calhoun, who did not specify how long Muilenburg's mandate will last, CEO since 2015. "At this moment" said Calhoun, "has our confidence".

The industry board of directors decided to separate the two roles of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Muilenburg by appointing David Calhoun as non-executive Chairman (see AVIONEWS).

Plans to bring the aircraft back in flight have repeatedly been delayed and the President said it will take at least a year before he can restore the operation of the entire fleet including the aircraft that Boeing could not deliver. Regarding the incidents, he added: "Nothing has ever been hidden, wrong engineering decisions have been taken. The MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, Editor's note) should have been done better" (see AVIONEWS).

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