Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun visited Spirit’s production facilities in Wichita on Wednesday for an employee town hall alongside Spirit’s CEO, Pat Shanahan.
Speaking to about 270 factory workers, engineers and other employees, Shanahan said Spirit would “make changes and improvements” and “will restore confidence”.
Calhoun said, according to Boeing: “We’re going to get better, not because the two of us are talking, but because (of) the engineers at Boeing, the mechanics at Boeing, the inspectors at Boeing, the engineers at Spirit, the mechanics at Spirit, the inspectors at Spirit.”
The two executives answered several questions from employees, ranging from how lessons from the incident could influence future airplane designs, and whether Spirit and Boeing were united on a path forward, said a source in the room.
Boeing on Tuesday named retired US Navy Admiral Kirkland H Donald to advise the planemaker’s CEO on improving quality control.