Updated: Jan 11
Boeing announced Friday that the newest and largest member of the Boeing 737 MAX family, the 737 MAX 10, has rolled out of their Renton, Washington factory. In separate news, Boeing’s SVP-Communications, Anne Toulouse, has announced her retirement.
Thousands of Boeing employees gathered at their Renton, Washington factory to celebrate the debut of the first Boeing 737 MAX 10. This is the largest variant on the 737 MAX family with a capacity for up to 232 passengers. The Boeing 737 MAX 10 offers the lowest seat-mile cost of any single aisle aircraft available. At Friday’s gathering, Boeing’s Vice President and General Manager, Mark Jenks said,
“Today is not just about a new airplane. It’s about the people who design, build and support it. This team’s relentless focus on safety and quality shows the commitment we have to our airline customers and every person who flies on Boeing airplanes.”
Also commenting on today’s milestone achievement, Boeing’s 737 Chief Pilot, Jennifer Henderson added, “I’m honored to take this airplane on its first flight and show the world what you’ve put your heart and soul into.”
The newest MAX family sibling will now undergo extensive system checks and engine runs prior to making its first test flight next year. Currently, the Boeing 737 MAX 10 has over 550 orders and commitments from 20 global customers.
In a separate press release, Boeing also announced the retirement of their Senior Vice President of Communications, Anne Toulouse. Ms. Toulouse (61) will step down from her
current position by the end of the year but will remain with Boeing to assist with the communication team's transition,
before retiring in 2020. In Friday’s announcement, Boeing’s President and CEO, Dennis Muilenburg said,
“Anne has been an outstanding leader and committed contributor to Boeing over her entire career. I could not be
more grateful for her dedication to this company, her One
Boeing leadership style, and her strong commitment to
investing in our people and culture. Above all, I also want
to thank her for her tireless efforts as we worked through
the challenges of the past year. I understand her decision to retire and appreciate her commitment to ensuring a smooth transition.”
Ms. Toulouse joined Boeing in 1989 as a media relations manager for the McDonnell Douglas brand. Advancing through the ranks, she managed Boeing’s global brand-building programs with responsibility for brand strategy, global advertising, sponsorships, the Boeing Store, in-house creative team, historical archives and corporate identity. Prior to her current role, Ms. Toulouse served as vice president for Employee Communications, Business Operations and Corporate Identity & Advertising. In today’s announcement, Ms. Toulouse stated,
“Over the course of my Boeing career I have been fortunate to know and work with some of the most talented, principled, and impressive people everywhere. This past year has been all-consuming and profoundly difficult for all of us at Boeing – albeit nowhere close to the experience of the families affected by the MAX accidents. As we look ahead, I am confident the hard lessons learned will make Boeing better and that we will deliver on our important commitments. As we move into the next phase, I can best serve the company by turning over the role to someone with a fresh perspective and, therefore, made the difficult decision to retire.”
Ms. Toulouse became Boeing’s interim SVP of Communications, reporting to Boeing’s President and CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, in September 2018, permanently taking over the role in February 2019. Additionally, she served on the company’s Executive Council.