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Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a leader on aviation issues, is urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ensure transparency and accountability in Bo

Senator Duckworth Presses FAA for Transparency in Boeing Quality Plan

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Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a leader on aviation issues, is urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ensure transparency and accountability in Boeing's efforts to improve its quality control processes.

Duckworth, who chairs a Senate subcommittee on aviation safety, highlighted the importance of Boeing demonstrating a strong commitment to safety and quality that goes beyond just a plan.

FAA Administrator Responds

FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker, who previously pressured Boeing to develop a comprehensive quality improvement plan, spoke with Senator Duckworth on Monday. He is scheduled to brief members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday.

While not providing immediate comment, the FAA echoed the need for systemic change within Boeing's production processes.

Boeing's 737 MAX Production on Hold

Following a door panel incident on a new 737 MAX 9 in January, the FAA barred Boeing from increasing production of its best-selling aircraft. Whitaker indicated approval for increased production is unlikely "in the next few months" and discussions haven't begun with Boeing on the matter.

Focus on Key Performance Indicators

Boeing's quality improvement plan outlines six critical areas for improvement, with a focus on employee proficiency, timeliness in addressing issues (including rework hours per airplane), and managing supplier shortages.

Looking Ahead

Senator Duckworth's concerns reflect ongoing scrutiny of Boeing's efforts to address past safety issues and ensure the long-term quality of its aircraft. The FAA plays a crucial role in holding Boeing accountable and ensuring the safety of the flying public.

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