I will feel fine about flying in a MAX, since what they have changed about the MAX has been pretty well covered in the press, and they are under white-hot scrutiny from regulators.
It has shaken my confidence in future new Boeing types a little bit. The internal quality culture was more broken than anyone thought and I don't know if we'll get the same results as the MAX reboot when the regulators are not applying their fine-tooth combs to the same degree.
Your second statement is why I think Boeing needs new management. Didn't the Air Force have some harsh words on their 767's being poorly finished and refused delivery? What's going on with the company I have admired for years. Muilenberg needs to go since all of these things are happening on his shift.
As for the first statement, I guarantee you I cannot tell my wife when we eventually get on Alaska's MAX. She'll need to down about three gummies first!
McNerney is the one you should be angry with. All of these problems were created under his terrible leadership. He cut and cut and cut to boost his own personal wealth. If Boeing had any balls, they'd go after him and try to claw back some of the massive payouts he received. But since he's part of the same good ol' boys club that the rest of the board is, they'll leave him alone and take the easy route of letting Muilenberg go (with a really, really nice severance package for his troubles). And please don't take this as me excusing Muilenberg. He has made a lot of mistakes and was slow to respond to the mess in the first place. I just think the true reasons for Boeing's problems were in place before he took over.
As for AS, it will be interesting to see what unfolds. It sounds like they love the NEO, but I will be curious to see what kind of push Boeing makes to keep them as a strictly 737 operator.
You might be correct on McNerney, but Muileberg's reaction to the MAX problem was not the best and I still feel like he's not in agreement with what's going on.
He should be the most humble man on Earth at this moment, which he's not. I believe it is just a matter of time before he's shown the door. Or should be shown the door at least.
AS and Boeing are obviously Seattle-based, so I get that it makes sense they are in bed together. But that's not always the best business plan. If so, Air France would likely be all Airbus, same with LH and BA.
In fact, AS used fly a lot of MD80's up until, what, about 10 years ago. I think a lot of those planes were bought before Boeing bought McDonnell Douglas ( I could be wrong on the dates), so I don't see why Alaska should be so hellbent on sticking with Boeing. I like the idea of NEO's and 737's in a mixed fleet. Frankly most airlines have a similar strategy. UA, AA and DL certainly do. Yeah, I know, Ryan Air and SWA
I hope this pressure on Boeing is making it obvious they need to take a chance and move forward with the 797. It is 1969 all over again for Boeing! Then it was the 747, now it is the 797.
Start the sunsetting process of the 737. Frankly it is overdue. You want to win over Airbus, make this move and make it damn soon.