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Boeing’s new CEO puts safety first on his first day

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Boeing’s new CEO, David Calhoun, gives a talk at Virginia Tech, his alma mater, in 2018. (Virginia Tech Photo)

Veteran aerospace executive David Calhoun took the reins as Boeing’s CEO today, telling employees in a company-wide email that his top priorities are to get the 737 MAX flying again and restore confidence in the troubled aerospace giant.

It was just the kind of email you’d expect Calhoun to send — and that’s the problem.

In the midst of what’s likely to be a yearlong grounding of Boeing’s most widely sold airplane, questions about other airplane programs ranging from the 777X to the yet-to-be-announced 797, and a setback to Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner space taxi project for NASA, bolder action will be needed.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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