Eric Lindblad, director of the Boeing 737 program, is about to retire, Boeing said Thursday afternoon, according to a new report.
The resignation of Boeing's executive will upset the 737 program and the proposed new medium-haul aircraft, also called the "new medium plane" or "NMA", which Boeing is developing to replace the aging 757.
According to his LinkedIn profile page, Lindblad, who has been with Boeing for 34 years, took over the 737 program in September, as Boeing was placing orders for the highly anticipated 737 Max, the next generation of his venerable 737 .
Lindblad's retirement is not tied to the current Boeing crisis caused by two fatal accidents involving the 737 Max plane, according to Bloomberg.
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The global collective fleet of 737 Max aircraft has been stranded worldwide, following the discovery of major defects in an automated Boeing system designed to reinforce the new larger engines that the Max was presenting on its cell, which does not had for the most part not been changed.
Boeing's single-aisle program, which includes the 737 and NMA, will be led by Mark Jenks, Bloomberg announced.
The timely design and unveiling of the NMA took a new urgency after rival Airbus announced its new A321LXR at the Paris Air Show last month, providing about 200 orders at the end of the show.
Boeing did not immediately return a request for comment.