In any normal industry it would be obvious that the hugely differing skill-sets required during the life of a global engineering programme would require you to appoint different leaders as it progressed. Not so in aviation – so now it’s hard for Boeing to move the hugely respected Mike Bair with the sort of dignity he deserves. Slightly amazing how a move to being head of strategy for the world’s biggest airliner maker can be seen as a bad thing to happen to you. The Seattle newspapers are talking the most sense on this.I think Dominic Gates in the Seattle Times has it just about right – the headline tells it as nicely as a headline can.
Jim Wallace in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has a subtly different take but quotes Richard Aboulafia talking a lot of sense.