Boeing's chief executive Dennis Muilenburg said via Twitter that "there's an additional flight condition we must address" in order to address safety issues.
Eric Lindblad will leave his post in the next few weeks after only around a year in the job, replaced by Mark Jenks, the current head of Boeing's "next airplane" project, according to Reuters. The 34-year Boeing executive took charge of the manufacturing site in Renton, Washington, as the USA planemaker struggled with late deliveries of engines and other components.More news: China ‘letting us down’ by not importing USA farm products: Donald Trump
Attorney General Bill Barr has recused himself from the ongoing Justice Department probe into Boeing that's connected to the two recent crashes of its 737 Max planes, a Justice Department official said.
Jenks is among those credited with turning around the 787 Dreamliner program, and his appointment on the NMA was seen as key to putting the potential twin-aisle aircraft on a path to a rapid launch. In March, Boeing said John Hamilton, formerly both vice president and chief engineer in Boeing's Commercial Airplanes division, will focus exclusively on the role of chief engineer.More news: Boris Johnson Says Brexit Deadline Must Not Be Seen as 'Phony'
Once regulators approve the MAX for flight, each aircraft will likely require between 100 and 150 hours of maintenance preparation before flying, in addition to new pilot training, airline officials have said.
"Let me be clear - the NMA team will continue to operate as a program, and I am looking forward to Mike's leadership in this important effort", McAllister said.More news: Karnataka political crisis | Trinamool organises Opposition protest in Parliament
Boeing was little changed after the end of regular trading in NY. Even with the planemaker's travails, the stock is up 11 percent year-to-date.