Representational image. — Reuters/File
Representational image. — Reuters/File

Boeing’s new Commercial Airplanes chief Stephanie Pope has told her employees that the company faces a “pivotal moment”, Fox News reported.

Her statement comes as the planemaker tries to regain its reputation and address concerns from regulators after the 737 Max crisis — as an air panel blew off an Alaska Airlines plane mid-flight in January.

Boeings Commercial Airplanes chief Stephanie Pope. — Boeing
Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes chief Stephanie Pope. — Boeing

Pope has replaced Stan Deal as the CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Deal spent four decades at the company. Apart from this, an overhaul of the company’s management included CEO Dave Calhoun announcing his departure by year’s end.

In a letter to the staff on Wednesday, Pope said: “This is a pivotal moment for us, and we have serious work ahead to build trust and improve our operations.”

The new chief, who previously served as the chief operating officer, said that she would hold meetings with the team over the next weeks as they “enhance and implement its safety and quality improvement plan”.

“Our path forward is clear. We will put safety and quality above all else in order to meet and exceed the expectations of our regulators, customers, flying public and each other,” she said. “And most importantly, we will actively listen to our team on the factory floor and respond to feedback and improve.”



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