The whole Max mess, the previous 787 hiccups and the recent schedule delays for the updated 777X program clearly show structural problems at Boeing.
Since the original 777, there wasn’t one trouble free airplane type at Boeing. I don’t know why. Maybe culture has changed there. Maybe they changed their focus from the product and the people to money and shareholders. Or I don’t know. But if they don’t get their shit together, not only Airbus will run away with the crown but Boeing will have trouble fending off Chinese and/or Russian competition.