EVERETT, Wash — Thousands of Boeing workers around western Washington have been gripped by the testimony of company executives in the wake of two deadly 737 MAX crashes, this year.
One of them is an analyst on the 777 line in Everett.
He reached out to KING 5 News asking to express his thoughts but wished to remain anonymous for reasons of job security.
KING 5 was able to verify his status of employment at the Boeing Company.
His letter is one of sadness and frustration, but ultimately faith in the company.
"The most important points to take from this are the tragedies that happened," the worker wrote. "346 innocent loved ones have lost their lives and I cannot tell you how heartbreaking this past year has been."
The employee went on to say how difficult it has been for everyone to show up for work every day "with a smile on our face and continuing to work hard," adding, "I want the public to understand that we feel for these families and we continue to come to work every day with that in our hearts."
The worker, who has been on the job for less than two years, said the main frustration is with corporate leadership and the lack of communication.
"This past year has been a roller coaster of emotions and it has been difficult when I go home to my family and see friends out in social settings. They always bring up the Boeing Company and want to know the status of everything going on with the 737. Time after time it is always 'I don't know' or 'we will see.'"
Additionally, the author was critical of corporate management's response to the crashes.
"There should have been a one-way flight of our top leaders to console those families because those were OUR planes. It is the duty of our great company to go beyond the limits like we have always done."
The 777 worker also said, "We worry for our Renton counterparts and 737 program because are there layoffs coming? How will these investigations affect other programs? It has been a long year with not many answers and we will continue to do our job at an exceptional level."
The writer concluded by saying, "I know we will come out of these tragedies safer and stronger as a company. The main point of this is to show the public how much we care about this company. I hope that the families of these tragedies can be supported for years to come and that our commitment to them and our new practices can change the world and our flying family."