The change of management in Boeing could change the firm for the good and reduce plane crashes associated with their latest jetliner, the Boeing 737 Max 8, lawyers have said.
This comes after the company fired its CEO Dennis Muilenburg on Monday and in his place appointed David Calhoun.
In the change of management, Chief Financial Officer Greg Smith will serve as interim CEO during a brief transition period while Director Larry Kellner will replace Calhoun as chairman.
“A change in leadership was necessary to restore confidence in the company moving forward as it works to repair relationships with regulators, customers, and all other stakeholders,” Boeing’s board said in the statement.
Manuel von Ribbeck of Ribbeck Law Chartered who represents the majority of the families of two Boeing Max 8 plane crashes said that he was optimistic that the changes would ensure safety of passengers, in subsequent releases of any planes.
“Boeing is making changes and hopefully these modifications in their operations and aircraft design will focus on the safety of its planes,” said Ribbeck.Read: Safaricom, Bidco and Brookside craft means to retain customers
Ribbeck Law Chartered represents 80 passengers and cabin crew members victims of the Lion Air plane crash in Indonesia and Ethiopian Airlines plane crash in Ethiopia.
Another lawyer from Ribbeck Law Chartered, Monica Kelly, stated that “our clients, the majority of the families of both plane crashes do not wish more accidents and appreciate changes that will prevent these tragedies.”Calhoun will now exit his non-Boeing commitments, to focus on cleaning the image of Boeing 737 Max 8 which has been grounded for close to nine months now.
“I strongly believe in the future of Boeing and the 737 Max. I am honored to lead this great company and the 150,000 dedicated employees who are working hard to create the future of aviation,” said Calhoun in a statement.
A total of 157 passengers and crew aboard Ethiopia Airlines flight ET 302 died after the plane, a Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed minutes after take off in March.
The sacked CEO Muilenburg was blamed for the company’s initial muted response – and the media firestorm that ensued when a second Max crashed less than five months later in Ethiopia, after the Indonesian tragedy.
Muilenburg failed to apologise directly and immediately after the tragedies, which was seen as a misstep for the company.
Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), designed to prevent stalls in Boeing 737 Max 8, is adversely blamed for the Ethiopian Airline crash in March this year that killed 157 people.
The same (MCAS) is also blamed for the Lion Air crash that occurred five months earlier before the Ethiopian Airline, that killed all 189 on board.