Published: Fri, April 19, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Boeing urged to split CEO, chairman roles in MAX crash aftermath

Boeing urged to split CEO, chairman roles in MAX crash aftermath

American, the world's largest airline, made a decision to extend cancellations from early June through August 19, to help plan ahead for the busy summer travel season.

The proposal calls for stepped up training on the anti-stall system called MCAS that is linked to two fatal crashes, but stops short of requiring costly simulator training that could complicate the plane's return to service.

Twitter erupted Monday morning when President Donald Trump shared his branding expertise with Boeing, after American Airlines announced it was cancelling Boeing's Max 737 flights through mid-August.

A full rebranding of the MAX was not likely, according to a person familiar with Boeing's thinking, who noted that renaming an aircraft is a significant undertaking.

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner got off to a rocky start after a battery issue that led to a temporary grounding, but the plane has gone on to become a popular aircraft in the widebody market.

A couple of shareholder resolutions are seeking the split of Boeing's CEO and chairman positions in the aftermath of the 737 Max crisis.

Adjusted earnings per share rose to $1.15 in the first quarter, ending March 31, from 49 cents a year earlier, overcoming a US government shutdown and severe winter weather earlier this year that curtailed flights. All 188 people on board were killed when the aircraft plunged into the Java Sea shortly after it took off from Jakarta.

Xu Chaoqun, head of the airworthiness certification department at the Civil Aviation Administration of China, said China will not resume flights of the Boeing 737 Max 8 until the aircraft design meets the country's airworthiness requirements, including any alterations to its control systems. Since the Ethiopian Airlines crashed last month, the manufacturer halted deliveries and cut production of the jet in question by 20 percent.

United Airlines also joined Southwest Airlines and American Airlines in extending MAX-related cancellations.

He added that the update will make the plane "even safer" because it will prevent "erroneous" sensor readings.

The accidents, loss of lives and damage to Boeing's reputation "indicate a potential lapse in the board's oversight of risk management", Glass Lewis said in the report.

The report said that MCAS should be a "special emphasis" area for pilots being trained on the plane for the first time or transitioning to it from the most recent generation of 737 aircraft.

The airline's earlier ban on its 14 Max planes was originally meant to end on June 5.

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