Former Boeing CEO gets $62.2 million but loses some benefits

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He also was heavily involved in the decision to drop Boeing's long-held opposition to simulator training for Max pilots, said people close to the company.

The compensation figures were disclosed in a regulatory filing late on Friday during a hard week for Boeing when it also released hundreds of internal messages - two major issues hanging over the company before new chief executive David Calhoun starts on Monday.

"I still haven't been forgiven by God for the covering up I did past year", one employee wrote in a message from 2018 in reference to dealings with the FAA.

In a conversation in May 2018, in a reference to industry regulator the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), an employee said: "I'll be shocked if the FAA passes this turd".

The company said at the time it did not plan to layoff or furlough Boeing workers who build the plane, but would reassign them.

"This airplane is designed by clowns, who in turn are supervised by monkeys", one message in April 2017 read, according to NBC News. "Any potential safety deficiencies identified in the documents have been addressed". "Much better. That includes engaging one another and our stakeholders with greater transparency, holding ourselves accountable to the highest standards of safety and quality, and incorporating outside-in perspective on what we do and how we do it".

Maybe most significantly, he must try to restore the company's battered reputation and the impression that it put profit over safety.

"They paint a deeply disturbing picture of the lengths Boeing was apparently willing to go to in order to evade scrutiny from regulators, flight crews, and the flying public, even as its own employees were sounding alarms internally", he told The Associated Press.

In one November 2015 message, the 737 chief technical pilot, whose name is redacted in the documents, said failing to get computer-based training for one system "is a planet-killer for the MAX". The company said it was considering disciplinary action against some employees.

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, said "these communications suggest a troubling disregard for safety among some at Boeing and raise questions about the efficacy of FAA's oversight of the certification process". The plane itself was less than four years old. Iranian officials blamed mechanical issues with the Boeing plane.

The aircraft has been grounded since March following two deadly crashes. The incidents have already cost the company more than $9 billion and led to the suspension of production of the 737 MAX due to lengthy delays in winning regulatory approval to resume flights. Unable to adequately fix the software problem linked to those tragedies, Boeing decided in December to temporarily halt production of the plane, a decision that affects numerous suppliers plus the entire USA economy.



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