CEOS IN KANSAS
Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun visited Spirit AeroSystems’ production facilities in Wichita on Wednesday for an employee town hall alongside that company’s CEO, Pat Shanahan.
Speaking to about 270 factory workers, engineers and other staff, Shanahan said Spirit would “make changes and improvements” and “will restore confidence”.
Calhoun said: “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 aeroplane designs, and whether Spirit and Boeing were united on a path forward, said a source in the room.
Calhoun and Shanahan also toured the Wichita production plant, said Spirit AeroSystems spokesman Joe Buccino.
The idea for the town hall stemmed from Calhoun, who suggested speaking directly with Spirit’s workforce, two sources with knowledge of the situation told Reuters. Boeing declined to comment.
Alaska Airlines and United Airlines, the two US carriers that use the aircraft and completed the inspections, have had to cancel hundreds of flights this month, with Alaska cancellations now continuing through Friday.
United declined to comment.
Boeing on Tuesday named retired US Navy Admiral Kirkland Donald to advise the planemaker’s CEO on improving quality control.