Published on February 10, 2019
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Executive Directorate of Boeing
Founded in 1916, The Boeing Company builds airplanes, rockets, missiles, and satellites for governments and multinational institutions. With a $101 billion operating income (2018) and over 150,000 employees worldwide, Boeing tops the list of aircraft manufacturers, as well as being the largest private exporter from the United States. Of the 806 aircraft that the company produced last year alone, 256 planes were the brand new 4th generation of the 737: the narrow-body 737-MAX. The model was widely successful when introduced, receiving over 5000 orders from airlines across the world. However, the 737-MAX’s operation was short lived. One of Boeing’s alterations to the plane, placing the engine lower to the ground than the previous 737 in addition to a flight auto correct software oversight, lead to two major 737-MAX crashes: Lion Air Flight 610 crashed on October 29, 2018, killing and all 189 passengers and crew on board, and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed on March 10, 2019, killing and all 157 passengers and crew on board. All 737-MAX airplanes, which were only 4 months old at the time, were grounded worldwide within several days of the second accident. Boeing is currently under investigation by the FAA and has estimated that the groundings have cost them over $1 billion so far, not including the 18% ($40 billion market share) drop in Boeing stock. The incident has proven detrimental for Boeing in terms of both their finances and public image. Moving forward, what steps will they take to restore their trustworthy brand and ensure public safety in the future?
Topic A: Planning the Repair and Maintenance of Commissioned Aircraft
Topic B: Increasing Transparency to Improve Public Image
Letter from the Chair
Dear Esteemed Delegates:
Welcome to JHUMUNC XXIII! My name is Jane Scinta and I will be chairing the Executive Directorate of Boeing Committee.
First, to give you a bit of background about me– I am a freshman from Brewster, NY in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, planning to major in Economics and Political Science. On campus, I am also involved in mock trial, JHU’s traveling MUN team, the club swim team, and our club lacrosse team. I am thrilled to be chairing at JHUMUNC this year and I cannot wait to meet all of you in February.
The Executive Directorate of Boeing committee will be combining traditional parliamentary debate with many dynamic crisis elements. We hope that you will find this committee to be an engaging simulation of the problems faced by Boeing in the wake of the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airline crashes. Enjoy taking on your new roles and blazing a new trail for Boeing’s future. We look forward to working with you in February!
Chair, Executive Directorate of Boeing