Boeing announced on Monday that the CEO of Boeing, Dennis Muilenburg, was fired by the board. For this aerospace giant, Muilenburg’s departure caps a disastrous year. Boeing’s new 737 MAX had two deadly crashes; one in late 2018, and the second in March 2019. It was revealed though investigations that the crashes were caused by flaws in the design of the aircraft’s software, Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS). Boeing’s plan was to get the software fixed within weeks of discovering the problem, however, it ended up taking months. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had to approve the fix, which sounds simple enough, but the FAA was also facing pressure due to criticism for not overseeing the development of the 737 MAX.
The result of this colossal mess? Boeing’s customers lost millions in ticket sales because the 737 MAX was grounded. The production of the aircraft will be suspended in January 2020. This is not the only problem that Boeing is facing. In other recent news, their Starliner spacecraft malfunctioned and failed during an orbital test. Shortly after this malfunction, the board decided to fire Muilenburg. His replacement is Chairman, Dave Calhoun, and he will be active in the role starting January 2020.