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Old 31st Jul 2015, 13:32
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More management oversight

With all the delays and increased costs cropping up on the KC-46 program, Boeing top management has decided to "increase management support" of the program. So it looks like the current micromanagement of the program is going to get cranked up a notch. Will it work?

From The Wall Street Journal:

Boeing Co. has assigned its aircraft development chief to right its troubled aerial refueling tanker project, on the heels of a surprise $835 million charge to its second-quarter earnings, the company said in an internal memo to staff.
Scott Fancher, vice president of airplane development, will take on ďa special interim assignment to provide senior executive oversight and increased management support to the tanker program,Ē according to the memo from Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing ís newly appointed chief executive.

The new assignment adds to Mr. Fancherís current role overseeing the companyís new jetliner development programs. Bob Feldmann, vice president and general manager of the 777X jetliner development, will also become Mr. Fancherís deputy in the development role on programs such as the stretched 787-10 and single-aisle 737 Max.

Mr. Fancher is no stranger to troubled programs, having served as head of Boeing ís flagship 787 Dreamliner program from 2008, helping to right production and complete development after 3Ĺ years of delays.

Boeing on July 17 announced it was taking a 77 cent per share charge against its earnings after testing revealed issues with the jetís fuel system. The company aims to deliver the first 18 new KC-46 tanker aircraft to the U.S. Air Force by August 2017.
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