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Boeing changes executive in charge of the 737 Max factory

13 July 2019

United Airlines extended its grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft through early November amid continued testing of the beleaguered passenger jet, the Chicago-based company announced Friday. The plane was grounded after two devastating crashes in the space of five months that saw 350 people lose their lives.

But Boeing made clear Jenks' previous project, focusing on new potential mid-market planes, would continue.

United had previously removed the Boeing 737 Max jet from its flight schedule through August 3, but this new batch of cancellations moves that deadline back to November 3.

Lindblad has been in the job less than a year, taking over as Boeing struggled with shortages of engines and fuselages from suppliers.

His resignation will trigger a leadership shakeup for both the 737 program and the proposed new mid-range aircraft, also referred to as the "New Midsize Airplane", or "NMA", that Boeing is developing to replace the aging 757.

Lindblad's departure, after a 34-year career at Boeing, comes as the world's largest planemaker navigates one of the worst crises in its history. Sinnett, who originally led preliminary work on the NMA, has been seen a figurehead of the program.

In naming Jenks and Sinnett to run marquee projects at such a crucial time, McAllister is choosing two of Boeing's most high-profile engineers. The NMA program, if it goes ahead, will most likely not be launched before spring or summer of next year, the sources said. In March, Boeing said John Hamilton, formerly both vice president and chief engineer in Boeing's Commercial Airplanes division, will focus exclusively on the role of chief engineer.

Boeing changes executive in charge of the 737 Max factory