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Boeing CEO confesses firm’s culture ‘far from perfect’ ahead of Senate hearing, plans to apologise for…

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While Boeing is hit with whistleblower allegations, its CEO David Calhoun intends to apologise for the company’s safety lapses and acknowledge cultural challenges in a Senate hearing on Tuesday. However, he will contest allegations made by whistleblowers that the firm discriminated against them for bringing safety concerns to light, a CNN report stated.

Boeing CEO David Calhoun speaks with reporters after a meeting at the Capitol in Washington, Jan. 24, 2024. U.S. lawmakers are expected to press Boeing's chief executive on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, about the company's latest plan to fix its manufacturing problems. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)(AP)
Boeing CEO David Calhoun speaks with reporters after a meeting at the Capitol in Washington, Jan. 24, 2024. U.S. lawmakers are expected to press Boeing’s chief executive on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, about the company’s latest plan to fix its manufacturing problems. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)(AP)

This development follows the sudden deaths of Boeing whistleblowers Joshua Dean and John Barnett earlier this year, which sparked questions about possible foul play.

“Much has been said about Boeing’s culture. We’ve heard those concerns loud and clear,” Calhoun is set to deliver these remarks as per the prepared release issued by Boeing on Monday afternoon. “Our culture is far from perfect, but we are taking action and making progress. We understand the gravity, and we are committed to moving forward.”

Boeing has been under massive scrutiny with ongoing federal probes and congressional hearings following the January 5 Alaska Air Boeing 737 Max flight tragedy when a door stopper blew off.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has instructed Boeing to improve its safety issues before it can resume regular manufacturing, creating problems for the airlines that are unable to receive the jets they bought.

Also Read: Boeing in turmoil: Incidents and investigations

A look at Tuesday and past Senate hearings

“Boeing’s broken safety culture” will dominate the Senate’s permanent subcommittee on investigations’ hearing on Tuesday. Notably, this is the first time Calhoun will testify in his over four-year tenure as the company’s problematic CEO. He will be accompanied by the chief engineer of Boeing, Howard McKenzie.

Sam Salehpour, a Boeing engineer, stated in a court on April 17 that the company is producing faulty aircraft because he and other complainants were under duress not to.

In his introductory remarks, Salehpour said, “I have serious concerns about the safety of the 787 and 777 aircraft, and I’m willing to take on professional risk to talk about them.” When he voiced his worries, he claimed, “I was ignored. I was told not to create delays. I was told, frankly, to shut up.”

According to his planned remarks, Calhoun will reject that this is the situation at the moment.

He will reiterate the company’s commitment to ensure that all workers feel “empowered to speak up if there is a problem.” “We also have strict policies in place to prohibit retaliation against employees who come forward. It is our job to listen, regardless of how we obtain feedback, and handle it with the seriousness it deserves.”



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