Boeing 787

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The Pennsylvania State University Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering IE466: Concurrent Engineering

Individual Homework #1 – Boeing 787: The Dreamliner

Boeing 787: The Dreamliner Case Study (download from Angel) During the past decade, Boeing watched as their competitor, Airbus, launched several new and very successful aircraft. In 2004, Airbus surpassed Boeing in commercial airplanes delivered and future orders placed. This is the first time that Boeing has ever lost its leading market share. The 787 is the first new airplane that Boeing has introduced to the market in a decade. This case study examines how the 787 is strategically transforming Boeing’s approach to aircraft
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With all the steps that Boeing took, it was guaranteed that Boeing would be successful in the market.

2. How does the approach used for the 787’s development differ fundamentally from other airplane projects undertaken by Boeing?
The approach that Boeing 787 took was fundamentally different than other airplane projects undertaken by Boeing. Boeing built 70% of the products of Boeing 787 from different countries of the world. Boeing has a long-standing reputation to be secretive with their projects, so it was a big step for Boeing to break their privacy and work with a group of people across geographical boundaries. 35% of the plane’s structure was supplied from Japan. Approximately, 26% of the products were supplied from Italy. There were teams of 15 companies responsible for the structure of the plane, 10 teams from USA and the rest from seven other countries. A lot of the other products were also ordered from different parts of the world, including the vertical fin from Frederickson as well as the fixed and movable leading edges of the wing from Tulsa. Once all the parts were built, they were sent back to USA for the assembly. Also, 787 would be the first aircraft of its kind to bring long-range capabilities to a midsized airplane. It was also the first time Boeing had its structural suppliers fund their own research and development so that suppliers had a greater
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