Boeing 787 Dreamliner : Critical Facts

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NAME : GAUTAM RAJA SOUNDAR DATE : 09/27/2014 TITLE : BOEING 787 DREAMLINER CRITICAL FACTS: • “Boeing is the world 's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense and space”. Boeing has been a top manufacture of commercial aircraft’s, it employees around 169,000 employees in the United States. (Anonymous, 2014). • “Boeing decided to change the rules of the way large passenger aircraft were developed through its Dreamliner program; rather than simply relying on technological know-how, it decided to use collaboration as a competitive tool embedded into a new global supply chain process.”(Pearlson & Saunders, 2013, p 166). • It’s complicated, unique design, promise of 20% increase…show more content…
There are many aspects that caused this delay but one of main reason was that the supply chain of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner was not properly integrated and coordinated. The virtual model of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner was not up to the mark and it actually failed due to the use of composite materials, this was also the reason that the project was delayed. This was the first time that Boeing had outsourced both the manufacturing and design of the 787 to other companies where as for the other planes Boeing had only outsourced the manufacturing and had kept the design under its own control. (Cohan 2011). Boeing contracted with over 50 suppliers after their decision to outsource 60% of its design and production. This decision was to reduce the cost, this was a very good decision in terms of reducing cost but Boeing should have given a thought about the risks of outsourcing, which in the end hit them real hard. The supply chain of Boeing was designed in such a way that Boeing functions as the final assembler and the integrator. The supply chain was so extensive that parts of the 787 were being moved globally before they reached the final assembly unit. The 787’s wings were going from Japan to Washington, fuselage sections 43 from Japan to South Carolina and then to Washington. There was a lack of communication and coordination between the design engineers and the
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