Boeing has appointed Mike Delaney to lead the company’s Confident Travel Initiative, which will work with airlines, global regulators, industry stakeholders, flying passengers, infectious disease experts and behavioral specialists to establish industry-recognized safety recommendations.
Delaney’s team will work to develop new solutions to help minimize air travel health risks amid the COVID-19 pandemic and drive awareness of health safeguards already in place. The team is also advising operators on existing, approved disinfectants compatible with the airplane flight decks and cabins and testing other sanitizers.
“Air travel is coming back,” Delaney said. “As that happens, we want passengers and crews to board Boeing airplanes without hesitation.”
Delaney brings 31 years of Boeing experience to the role, including previous executive leadership positions in airplane development and engineering, and currently serves as vice president of digital transformation at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
As air travel begins to pick up again, health and safety remain Boeing’s top priorities for its teams that design, build and service the airplanes and passengers, said Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun.
“Mike’s deep technical expertise, leadership skills, industry knowledge and great passion for our customers make him uniquely qualified to lead this effort,” Calhoun said.