Boeing chose cheapness over safety on 737MAX

In another damning report from the New York Times and Washington Post, it’s been revealed a Boeing engineer, Curtis Ewbank, used the company whistleblower scheme to raise a complaint.

The complaint about how cheaper, inappropriate systems were chosen over effective, more costly ones, runs to the heart of Boeing’s problems with the MAX and just about every other project it’s working on.

The company of course, says safety is at the core of everything it does, but few actually believe those claims any more as profits seem noticeably more motivating.

The new claims have arrived at a point where shareholders are said to have finally had enough of Denis Muilenburg, the current CEO, and patience is wearing thin.

That patience is being tested by the seemingly lengthy delays in getting the MAX decertified – it’s looking more and more like it won’t be done before years end.

Further worries over how profits will be hit in 2020-21 because of MAX and the delays to the 777-9 are rattling shareholders as stock prices begin to slide.

Airlines are said to be stoic but quietly angry over the endless recertification process. The battle to be first back in the sky is being fought behind closed doors. Quite how it’s being managed is a major secret and nobody wants to talk about it.