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Keeping Boeing Flying Higher and Higher Boeing has been building commercial airliners since 1927 with the first Boeing commercial jet airliner the 7O7 introduced in l955 As discussed in the article on page 172 of the text This success is even more remarkable when one realizes that the Boeing Design Build process had not changed very much during the past three decades The system was antiquated cumbersome and inefficient creating production delays increased costs and spawning a huge bureaucracy simply to handle the paperwork Boeing must clearly be motivated to bring this World War II era process into the 21st Century Airbus Industries increasingly larger share of the commercial airliner market was a major force instigating these changes Airbus had the advantages of government subsidies to help defray the costs of implementing best design practices as well as latecomer advantages It learned from Boeings as well as Lockheeds and McDonnell Douglas mistakes and it did not have 40 years of bureaucratic momentum to overcome Other motivating factors include the need for Boeing to increase the income from the commercial aircraft division to offset the loss of revenue due to cutbacks in government defense and aerospace contracts In this paper I will attempt to highlight those topics I think should be covered suggestions and background for those reasons In this I will hope to show why the Boeing Company was in need of the much-needed overhaul of the designbuild process at Boeing the changes themselves as well as the methodology used in accomplishing those changes The last decade has seen the commercial aircraft industry dominated by two manufacturers the Boeing Commercial Aircraft Company and Airbus Industries with McDonnell Douglas a distant third Airbus Industries is a relative newcomer but it has very quickly provided much competition to Boeing surpassing McDonnell Douglas and Lockheed Airbus Industries is a consortium backed by the British French German and Spanish governments The great and many say
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