WSJ report: Boeing names 777X leaders, including Kansan Mike Carriker as chief pilot

The Wall Street Journal reports that Boeing has selected key leaders to lead the development of its Boeing 777X,  an upgrade of its 777 jet.

Boeing has appointed a chief engineer and directors of finance, business operations, supplier management, human resources and leaders for its “integrated product teams,” the report said.

The company also appointed Kansan and Wichita State University graduate Mike Carriker as chief pilot.

Carriker most recently was chief pilot of Boeing’s 777 Dreamliner. He grew up in Baldwin City and is a WSU aeronautical engineering graduate.

The 777X program has not yet officially been launched. That will depend on firm contracts to buy the jet by airline customers.