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From: Thomas M.4/24/2024 10:20:22 PM
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Finance-driven culture and DEI are killing Boeing.

Boeing is the flagship of U.S. airpower and aerospace. But in recent years, its planes have fallen out of the sky. Why?

Boeing is decaying due to succession failure in engineering and on the factory floor.

There are only two companies in the world capable of building and exporting the largest type of civilian aircraft, the "jumbo jet": Boeing and Europe's Airbus. Since 1992, Boeing has gone from enjoying 70% market share to falling behind Airbus in orders and manufacturing.

Manufacturing aircraft is very expensive and technically challenging.

Succession failure in the engineering offices caused the two fatal crashes, as Boeing ended up designing and then delivering planes that, essentially, were programmed to crash themselves during a particular set of circumstances. Which they then did, twice.

To date, nobody has been held responsible for the series of fatal errors. But that is because no error on its own was fatal, just the combination of them, which no engineer at Boeing recognized in time or had the authority to act on, if they did recognize it.

Boeing is not the same company it once was.

Its non-technical managers and executives favored new factories in South Carolina rather than its core Seattle factories, where experienced workers were unionized and more expensive.

It is headquartered in DC now, not Seattle.

The political ascendance of consultants and “MBAs” over engineers, both at Boeing and in the U.S. generally, means that engineers are unable to overrule the decisions of consultants or MBAs and are themselves rewarded for making decisions like an MBA rather than engineer.

What whistleblowers and regulatory audits describe at Boeing is a decline in industrial discipline, with basic norms and standards of competence, decorum, and work ethic falling.

This decline in discipline occurs when workers, technicians, and managers do not transfer their knowledge and skills. It is happening both because of circumventing old factories and workforces with brand new ones, but also because Boeing's workforce is aging. It has been a long time since manufacturing was seen as an attractive career path to American youth. In 2018, over a third of employees represented by Boeing's machinists' union were over the age of 55 years old.

Now, Boeing is rapidly diversifying its workforce. Minority hires are now 47.5% of new hires, up sharply from 37.2% in 2020. Only 29.9% of Boeing interns were white males in 2022. According to Boeing, they have fired 65 employees since 2020 for "behavior deemed to be racist or hateful." These are most likely older white male workers.

This rapid politically motivated change in Boeing's workforce implies that still more succession failure is happening right now.

Outsourcing, subcontracting, diversity policies, MBA-led decision-making, a focus on financial profits in low-margin heavy industry—these are all ultimately just different ways to accidentally cause succession failure, which in airplane manufacturing causes deaths!


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From: John Koligman4/29/2024 7:08:12 PM
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Sad to see a company like BA having it's debt assigned a 'near junk' rating.

Boeing taps debt market to raise $10 billion: Reuters

The Boeing logo is displayed on a Boeing building on January 8, 2024 in El Segundo, California.
Mario Tama | Getty Images

Boeing on Monday tapped debt markets to raise $10 billion, after the U.S. planemaker burned $3.93 billion in free cash during the first quarter following slowing production of its best-selling jet, sources familiar with the matter said.

Boeing’s credit rating hovered above “junk” status last week from rating agencies as the planemaker tries to recover from a crisis that began in January after a midair blowout of a cabin panel door plug on a nearly new 737 MAX 9.

Investors and analysts have said Boeing could tap bond markets to get ahead of more than $12 billion in combined debt coming due in 2025 and 2026.

Credit rating agencies on Monday both assigned ratings nearing junk to Boeing’s new senior unsecured notes, with S&P assigning a BBB- rating and Moody’s assigning a Baa3 rating.

Moody’s said the rating reflects Boeing’s still-strong business profile, which continues to mitigate ongoing weak performance in commercial aircraft, although headwinds surrounding the division could persist through 2026.

Boeing will use the bond proceeds to increase its liquidity ahead of maturities on its existing debt load, including $4.3 billion in 2025, S&P wrote on Monday.

“It looks like it will go well,” said one of the sources, who was looking at buying the bonds, adding that he was told it was eight times oversubscribed.

The deal’s bookrunners leading the bond sale include Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan and Wells Fargo, according to the deal’s term sheet.

Boeing declined to comment, but pointed to remarks from Chief Financial Officer Brian West during the company’s earnings last week in which he said Boeing was committed to managing its balance sheet in a prudent manner, with the goal of prioritizing its investment-grade rating and helping the factory and supply chain to stabilize.

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From: Thomas M.4/30/2024 7:48:09 PM
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Missing emergency slide that fell off Delta flight found — washed up in front of house of lawyer whose firm is suing Boeing

The emergency slide that fell off a Delta flight departing from JFK Airport on Friday was found two days later — washed up in front of the beachside house of a lawyer whose firm happens to be suing Boeing over safety issues.

Jake Bissell-Linsk — a New York attorney whose firm filed a lawsuit against Boeing following the Alaska Airlines door blowout in January — told The Post he got a surprise on Sunday around noon when he looked out the window of his oceanfront home in Belle Harbor, Queens.

There — trapped on the rocks within feet of his front yard in a freak coincidence — was the emergency slide that fell off the Boeing 767 jetliner.

“We are right on the beach and I saw it was sitting on the breakers,” Bissell-Linsk told The Post.

While officials had been searching for the missing slide in Jamaica Bay since Friday afternoon, it turns out the slide was more far-flung than they expected — as Bissell-Linsk’s home faces the Atlantic Ocean.

Belle Harbor is located six miles southeast of JFK International Airport.

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From: Thomas M.5/2/2024 10:35:01 PM
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A Second Boeing Whistleblower Has Died


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From: John Koligman5/6/2024 9:23:10 PM
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FAA opens new probe into Boeing 787 inspections


A Boeing 787 Dreamliner sits on the tarmac at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington.
Robert Sorbo | Reuters

The Federal Aviation Administration said on Monday it has opened an investigation into the Boeing 787 Dreamliner after the planemaker said some employees had committed “misconduct” by claiming some tests had been completed.

The FAA said it is investigating whether Boeing completed the inspections to confirm adequate bonding and grounding where the wings join the fuselage on certain 787 Dreamliner airplanes “and whether company employees may have falsified aircraft records.”

The agency said “at the same time, Boeing is reinspecting all 787 airplanes still within the production system and must also create a plan to address the in-service fleet.”

Boeing shares were down 1.5% at $177.03 late on Monday afternoon.

Asked for comment, Boeing provided an April 29 email from Scott Stocker, who leads the company’s 787 program, to employees in South Carolina where the 787 is assembled.

He added, “our engineering team has assessed that this misconduct did not create an immediate safety of flight issue.”

Boeing said in April it expects a slower increase in the production rate and deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner widebody jets as the company wrestles with supplier shortages “on a few key parts.”

A Boeing quality engineer recently criticized some of the manufacturing practices on the 787 and 777 widebody programs and testified last month before Congress.

The Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation into a Jan. 5 mid-air emergency of a Boeing 737 Max 9.

The National Transportation Safety Board has said four key bolts appeared to be missing from the plane that had been delivered by Boeing months earlier. Boeing has said it believes required documents detailing the removal of the bolts were never created.

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From: John Koligman5/7/2024 1:41:53 PM
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I suppose the one saving grace for Boeing is that these airlines don't have many other places to shop, and Airbus already has a very full pipeline.

Emirates’ chairman has a message for Boeing: ‘Get your act together’



  • “We’re not happy really with what’s going on, we always really wanted to see this aircraft entering the fleet when it had been promised,” Emirates airline Chairman and CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum told CNBC.
  • With 245 passenger planes and five 778 freighters on order, Emirates is Boeing’s largest customer in terms of wide-body jets.


‘Get your act together,’ Emirates chairman says on Boeing crisis

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — One of Boeing’s biggest customers issued a call to action to its new management team, expressing frustration with the safety crisis facing the American plane maker and the consequent delays in order deliveries.

“We’re not happy really with what’s going on, we always really wanted to see this aircraft entering the fleet when it had been promised — and there is a delay, it’s not only to us,” Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and CEO of Dubai’s flagship Emirates airline, told CNBC’s Dan Murphy on Tuesday at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai.

With 245 passenger planes and five 778 freighters on order, Emirates is Boeing’s largest customer in terms of wide-body jets. But aircraft deliveries by the manufacturer dropped in the first quarter of 2024 to the lowest number since mid-2021 as the company deals with increased scrutiny after a door plug blew out from one of its 737 Max 9 planes midair in January.

Emirates airlines Boeing 777-31H(ER) takes off from Los Angeles international Airport on January 13, 2021.
Aaronp / Bauer-Griffin | GC Images | Getty Images

The company delivered 83 planes in the three months to March 31 — most of them narrow-body 737s — compared with 157 in the prior quarter and 130 planes in the year-earlier period.

Al Maktoum, who sits at the helm of the world’s largest long-haul airline and helped launch it in 1985, echoed the sentiments of many other airline CEOs when it comes to expectations for Boeing.

“I think they have to put a lot of pressure in order to make sure that they deliver to the customer whatever they promised,” he said.

Asked if he had a message for the plane maker, Al Maktoum said: “I always say, you know, get your act together and just do it. And I think they can do it.”

CNBC has contacted Boeing for comment.

The chairman did not indicate that Emirates would cancel the Boeing orders or move them to its French rival, Airbus.

“No, no — I won’t be able to say exactly what we are planning,” he replied when asked about the likelihood of such a move. “But I think you see that we are refurbishing a big number of aircraft within the existing fleet. ... And there will be no shortage within Dubai capacity.”

He cited the airline’s extension of part of its existing fleet, including the mammoth double-decker Airbus A380s, as helping provide sufficient passenger capacity.

The fuselage plug area of Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 Boeing 737-9 MAX, which was forced to make an emergency landing with a gap in the fuselage, is seen during its investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in Portland, Oregon, U.S. January 7, 2024.
NTSB | Via Reuters

The recently appointed new management team at Boeing is now tasked with navigating the company’s worst crisis since 2018-2019, during which time two of its new 737 Max jets crashed within a period of six months, killing 346 people.

Following the Alaska Airlines door blowout in January, the Federal Aviation Administration’s six-week audit of Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems “found multiple instances where the companies allegedly failed to comply with manufacturing quality control requirements,” the FAA said in March. Spirit AeroSystems makes Boeing Max fuselages

“The FAA identified non-compliance issues in Boeing’s manufacturing process control, parts handling and storage, and product control,” it said. The regulatory agency said it informed Boeing’s leadership that it “must address the audit’s findings as part of its comprehensive corrective action plan to fix systemic quality-control issues,” and address its “safety culture.”

In a previous statement cited by CNBC, a Boeing spokesperson said in response to the FAA findings that the company continues “to implement immediate changes and develop a comprehensive action plan to strengthen safety and quality.”

The company’s website says it continues to support the U.S. NTSB and FAA investigations of the Jan. 5 accident.”

— CNBC’s Leslie Josephs contributed to this report.

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To: Eric who wrote (3650)5/9/2024 9:32:07 PM
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ERIC====>>> Boeing 737 catches fire and skids off the runway in Senegal, injuring 10 people | AP News

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From: John Koligman5/15/2024 12:02:12 PM
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Justice Department says Boeing breached 2021 agreement that shielded it from criminal charges over 737 Max crashes


  • Boeing broke a 2021 settlement that protected it from criminal prosecution over two fatal crashes of the 737 Max, federal prosecutors said.
  • Boeing must respond to the U.S. Department of Justice by June 13.
  • The DOJ said Boeing violated the agreement by failing to set up and enforce a compliance and ethics program to detect violations of U.S. fraud laws

Boeing 737 MAX airplanes are pictured outside a Boeing factory on March 25, 2024 in Renton, Washington.
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Boeing violated a 2021 settlement that protected it from criminal charges tied to the fatal 737 Max crashes, opening the company up to potential U.S. prosecution, the Department of Justice said Tuesday.

Federal prosecutors said in a court filing in Texas they are still determining “how it will proceed in this matter” and that Boeing will have 30 days to respond.

The airplane manufacturer broke the agreement by “failing to design, implement, and enforce a compliance and ethics program to prevent and detect violations of the U.S. fraud laws throughout its operations,” the DOJ said.

Boeing denied those claims.

“We believe that we have honored the terms of that agreement, and look forward to the opportunity to respond to the Department on this issue,” Boeing said.

In January 2021, Boeing agreed to pay $2.5 billion to settle a conspiracy charge with the Justice Department. After a roughly two-year probe, the DOJ accused the company of concealing information about its Max plane that had been involved in two crashes that claimed the lives of all 346 people on board.

Boeing had admitted that two of its 737 Max technical pilots “deceived” the Federal Aviation Administration about the capabilities of a flight-control system on the planes that was later implicated in the two crashes, the Justice Department said at the time.

“This is a positive first step, and for the families, a long time coming. But we need to see further action from DOJ to hold Boeing accountable, and plan to use our meeting on May 31 to explain in more detail what we believe would be a satisfactory remedy to Boeing’s ongoing criminal conduct,” Paul Cassell, a lawyer for crash victims’ families said in a statement on Tuesday.

The plane-maker has been under heightened federal scrutiny after a door panel blew out midair from a 737 Max 9 operated by Alaska Airlines on Jan. 5. A preliminary investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board said bolts that hold in the door plug, which fills an optional emergency exit, didn’t appear to be in place.

The near-tragedy has created a fresh crisis for Boeing, just as it was trying to stabilize its production and improve its reputation after the 2018 and 2019 crashes.

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To: Eric who wrote (3650)5/21/2024 5:37:07 PM
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Singapore Airlines: 1 dead, 30 injured after ‘severe turbulence’ rocks Boeing 777 (

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From: John Koligman5/22/2024 2:14:43 PM
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Frank Shrontz, 92, Dies; Led Boeing in the Last of Its Golden Years
Known for his leadership and his commitment to company culture, he left as chief executive in 1996, opening the door to a corporate makeover.

Frank Shrontz in 1991. He led Boeing through a restructuring that produced one of the most successful commercial aircraft ever put into service, the 777.Credit...Reuter Raymond/Sygma, via Getty Images

By Clay Risen

May 22, 2024Updated 11:59 a.m. ET

Frank Shrontz, a widely admired executive who led Boeing in the 1980s and ’90s, a decade of spectacular growth in both its bottom line and its prestige as one of the world’s premier aerospace companies — a period very different from its current crisis of public confidence — died on May 3 at an assisted living home in Seattle. He was 92.

His son Craig confirmed the death.

Although he spent the bulk of his career at Boeing, Mr. Shrontz, who had a law degree and an M.B.A., was an unlikely choice to lead a company that prided itself on letting engineers and not businessmen set the pace.

Yet during his time at the helm — he became president in 1985, chief executive in 1986 and chairman of the board in 1988 — he led Boeing through a growth market, a recession and a thorough restructuring that produced one of the most successful commercial aircraft ever put into service, the 777.

Mr. Shrontz was known as a calm hand at the company till, with an everymanager’s feeling for the rank and file. He walked the floors at the factories around Boeing’s headquarters in Seattle, and he regularly met with groups of employees to hear their views and gather ideas.

Mr. Shrontz in 1985. He was known as a calm hand at the company till, walking the floor at Boeing and regularly meeting with groups of employees.Credit...Peter Liddell/The Seattle Times

“Frank Shrontz is who I think about when people ask me who the Boeing C.E.O. needs to be,” Richard Aboulafia, the managing director of AeroDynamic Advisory, said in a phone interview.

His tenure started on a high note in the late 1980s, a boom time in commercial aircraft sales. But then came a pair of challenges: the recession of 1990 and 1991 and the end of the Cold War, which punched a hole in Boeing’s defense business.

Mr. Shrontz saw the downturn as an opportunity. Among other initiatives, he pushed Boeing into the space industry, landing a contract to build parts of the International Space Station. He also created teams drawn from different parts of the company — engineers, designers and manufacturing specialists — to develop and build aircraft, while investing heavily in what was then a novel technology: computer-assisted design.

The first major result of Mr. Shrontz’s restructuring was the 777. Designed from the ground up, it went from conception to production in just five years, astounding the industry. And it cost just $4 billion to develop, a figure dwarfed by the hundreds of billions the company has earned from it.

Yet he insisted that success had not gone to his head, or to Boeing’s.

“I don’t think any private company can consider itself to be bulletproof,” he told The Los Angeles Times in 1991. “I think as soon as you start getting complacent in that regard, you’re heading for serious problems. We run scared, and we think that’s the way it should be.”

Mr. Shrontz in 1986. He spent most of his career at Boeing before stepping down as chief executive and president in 1996 and as chairman a year later. Credit...Scott Takushi/The Seattle Times

Frank Anderson Shrontz was born on Dec. 14, 1931, in Boise, Idaho, the son of Thurlyn and Florence (Anderson) Shrontz. His father owned the only licensed Schwinn bicycle retailer in the city.

He studied law at the University of Idaho, graduating in 1954 and, after spending two years in the Army, enrolled in Harvard Business School. He received his M.B.A. in 1958, the same year he joined Boeing.

He married Harriet Ann Houghton in 1954. She died in 2012. Along with his son Craig, he is survived by another son, David, and two grandchildren. A third son, Richard, died in 2017.

Mr. Shrontz left Boeing in 1973 to join the Department of Defense, where he served as an assistant secretary of the Air Force and then as an assistant secretary of defense. He returned to Boeing in 1977, at which point he was singled out as a potential top executive.

He was assigned to run three of the company’s busiest programs, overseeing the 707, 727 and 737 jetliners. While many people in the company were focused on the glamorous 747, Boeing’s massive intercontinental jetliner, he invested heavily in the 737, a smaller workhorse of a plane — and his bet paid off, as domestic travel grew in the early 1980s, both in the United States and in foreign markets.

Mr. Shrontz stepped down as chief executive and president in 1996, and as chairman a year later. His departure coincided with another internal revolution at Boeing: In 1997 the company bought one of its major rivals, McDonnell Douglas, and in 2001 it moved its headquarters to Chicago from Seattle. (It is now based in Northern Virginia.)

The company had long relied on internal hires to occupy its upper ranks, but the influx of McDonnell Douglas executives changed everything. A new emphasis on profits and cost-cutting led to decades of underinvestment in safety and engineering, a change documented in the 2022 Netflix documentary “ Downfall: The Case Against Boeing.” The result, critics say, is a company very different from the one Mr. Shrontz ran.

In recent years Boeing has suffered a series of accidents and disasters. Within six months in 2018 and 2019, two Boeing 737 Max airliners crashed, one in Indonesia and the other in Ethiopia, killing 346 people.

Both crashes were traced to misfiring anti-stall sensors. A 2020 investigation by the U.S. House of Representatives found that the company had dismissed employee concerns about the sensors, and in 2021 Boeing agreed to pay $2.5 billion to settle fraud charges.

More accidents followed, including an incident in January in which a door plug on an Alaskan Airlines 737 Max blew out. (No one was seriously injured.) On May 14 the Department of Justice found that the company had violated the terms of the 2021 settlement.

Earlier this year Boeing’s chief executive, Dave Calhoun, and Larry Kellner, the chairman of the board, announced that they would step down.

Since his retirement, Mr. Shrontz had rarely spoken directly about the decline of his old company’s reputation. But his views were not hard to parse from interviews.

“There was a lot of pride among the people,” he said of Boeing in an interview with The Puget Sound Business Journal in 2015. “It was kind of a family feeling, a feeling you don’t find at modern companies where people are much more likely to hire in, stay for a few years and move on.”

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