'Incredible it took so long': Internet delighted as Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun to exit after series of high-profile safety incidents

'Incredible it took so long': Internet delighted as Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun to exit after series of high-profile safety incidents
Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun has resigned from the company and will leave his position by the end of the year (Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA: Boeing, the aerospace giant once revered for its engineering prowess, has found itself in the throes of a full-blown crisis, plagued by a series of high-profile safety incidents that have eroded public trust and cast a pall over its future.

In a stunning development that has sent ripples through the aviation industry, CEO Dave Calhoun, whose tenure was marred by persistent quality control issues, has announced his imminent departure, BBC reported.

This leadership shake-up, which also includes the exit of two other top executives, comes as Boeing grapples with the fallout from a recent incident involving a detached door on one of its 737 Max aircraft, reigniting concerns about the company's commitment to safety.

Two other high-ranking officials to retire as Dave Calhoun quits

Joining Calhoun on the way out are two other high-ranking Boeing officials – the head of the commercial airlines' division, who will retire immediately, and the company's chairman, who has decided against seeking re-election.

This sweeping leadership overhaul signals Boeing's recognition of the need for a fresh perspective to tackle the deep-rooted issues plaguing the company's corporate culture.

"A shake-up at the top is necessary. I don't think you can change the culture with internal voices because I think this has been modus operandi for this company for too long," Stewart Glickman, who works as an equity analyst at CFRA Research, shared with the BBC.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 24: Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun speaks to reporters as he departs from a meeting at the office of Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) on Capitol Hill January 24, 2024 in Washington, DC. Calhoun is meeting with Senators on Capitol Hill this week after Boeing was forced to ground the 737 Max 9 aircraft fleet after an accident earlier this month. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)(Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
Dave Calhoun has decided to resign as Boeing CEO (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Detached door on a 737 Max flight proved to be tipping point for Boeing

The recent incident involving a detached door on an Alaska Airlines 737 Max flight proved to be the tipping point for Boeing's management. In a letter to employees, Calhoun described the event as a "watershed moment" for the company, acknowledging the need for "humility and complete transparency" in addressing the growing concerns.

"The eyes of the world are on us, and I know that we will come through this moment a better company," Calhoun wrote, underscoring the gravity of the situation.

The door incident, which occurred shortly after takeoff from Portland International Airport in January, prompted a criminal investigation and legal action from passengers aboard the flight.

An initial report by the National Transportation Safety Board revealed a shocking lapse in quality control – four bolts meant to secure the door were missing.

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The recent incident involving a detached door on a 737 Max flight proved to be a tipping point for Boeing (Boeing Official Website)

Internet relieved in wake of the impending leadership changes at Boeing

As news of the impending leadership changes at Boeing spread, social media erupted with a chorus of approval and relief. "Nice development, a lot has happened in the aviation industry," remarked one user on X.



 

Expressing similar approval, another social media user stated, "This is a good development."

"I applaud this decision. One must be responsible for one's actions," wrote a third user. Reflecting on the significance of the change, another individual commented, "This is huge..."



 



 



 

Offering a perspective on the potential benefits for Boeing, one person remarked, "Good for the company." Expressing a sentiment of relief tinged with frustration, another exclaimed, "Finally! Incredible it took so long."



 



 

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