Boeing’s commercial airplanes division reorganizes, adds airplane development group

Boeing’s commercial airplane division is restructuring to adjust to a historic boost in airplane production and to help it manage five development programs at the same time.

A new organization called Airplane Development will focus on the development and certification of the 737 MAX, an upgraded version of the 737 airliner, the 767 tanker and the 787-9. It also will lead 777X and 787-10X development work, the company said in an e-mail Monday to employees.

The new organization will be led by Scott Fancher, who will serve as vice president of the group.

Boeing’s South Carolina facility will also transition into the Airplane Programs organization.

And Boeing’s Manufacturing and Quality group will be reconfigured as separate organizations.

The alignment will help the company clarify responsibility, streamline decision-making and accelerate progress, the company said in an e-mail from Ray Conner, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.