Boeing : A Costly Venture Than Previously Thought

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Boeing’s attempt to compete with European Airbus company by creating the 787 Dreamliner one that would prove to be a more costly venture than previously thought. This came down to five critical oversights in the design, manufacturing, and iterative processes. When Boeing was trying to develop the 787, they wanted to have new materials to lend to better performance and comfort for the passengers on board, yet this will lead to poor component choices in part to a dangerous battery. This was supplemented by changing to the Toyota Production System where they did not staff the necessary people to oversee the entirety of the production cycle. Boeing outsourcing to various contractors and subcontractors, they could lessen the burden on their…show more content…
Their goals were not to just cater to one group of flyers like average consumer or business men, but to include all in a new design to accompany those needs. Their first major milestone was the capability to make the flight to Asia, non-stop and have a cabin to keep the passengers happy and not exhausted after the flight. To achieve this, Boeing needed to increase their cabin to accommodate more people to about 200 to 300 people so they can have varying levels of classes such as business class or economy class, to suit each passenger. The 787 would also boast an 8,300 nautical mile range compared to the Airbus 330’s 6,500 nautical mile range for minimum layovers and connections (Hartman 2015, pg 4). The critical component to achieving such a long range was their ability to cut the Boeing 787’s weight by 20% through the use of composite materials and limit the use of aluminum which gave it a new capability in the cabin. The operator can now control the climate of the cabin via cabin pressure and humidity which keeps people more comfortable during flight (Hartman 2015, pg 4). The highlight of the new 787 was its lithium-ion new battery where it would rely on its own power supply to pressurize the cabin, use the landing gear, power main operations, among others instead of relying on the energy produced by the engine. This resulted in an increase in
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