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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given Boeing 90 days to present a plan to rectify its “systemic quality-control” issues following the conclusions of an audit and expert panel review.

In a statement, FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker said, “Boeing must commit to real and profound improvements. Making foundational change will require a sustained effort from Boeing’s leadership, and we are going to hold them accountable every step of the way, with mutually understood milestones and expectations.”

In response, Boeing CEO David Calhoun conveyed the company’s understanding of the necessary steps forward, saying, “Boeing will develop the comprehensive action plan with measurable criteria that demonstrates the profound change that Administrator Whitaker and the FAA demand. Our Boeing leadership team is totally committed to meeting this challenge.”

This comes after an incident in January where a Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft suffered a midair emergency, leading to heightened scrutiny and legal actions against the company. The FAA’s ongoing investigation into Boeing, initiated after the January incident, includes an extensive review of the 737 Max 9’s production processes and associated suppliers. This scrutiny is part of a broader response to a recent expert panel report that highlighted a significant “disconnect” in Boeing’s approach to safety across its organizational structure.


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