Boeing (NYSE: BA) today provided insights into the development of its newest commercial airplane products – the 737 MAX, the 787-10 Dreamliner and the 777X – further validating its strategy for successful airplane development.
"Our commercial airplane development programs are progressing as planned and are on schedule," said Scott Fancher, senior vice president and general manager of Airplane Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Each of our seven development programs is meeting its design and performance targets. Design requirements are stable and our customers continue to tell us we're on the right track to deliver the airplanes they need to support their fleet strategies and serve their passengers."
In various phases of development at Boeing Commercial Airplanes are the 737 MAX 8, MAX 9, MAX 7 and MAX 200; the 787-10; and the 777-8X and 777-9X.
"The volume of new development in commercial airplanes is unprecedented," Fancher said. "To successfully bring these products to market as promised we are focused on three priorities: ensuring we meet our customers' expectations, delivering value to the marketplace and reducing risk in development."
Fancher provided the following updates on its development programs at the Paris Air Show, the aerospace industry's largest gathering of aerospace leaders held biannually outside Paris at Le Bourget International Airport.
737 MAX: Ninety percent of detailed design completed; assembly of the first 737 MAX began on the day originally scheduled three years prior – May 29; CFM LEAP-1B engine development proceeding as planned; design work for the MAX 9, MAX 7 and MAX 200 progressing rapidly
787-10: Modeling the development success of the 787-9; 95 percent design commonality with the 787-9, delivering productivity and cost benefits; Rolls-Royce TEN engine development progressing as planned; 90 percent design completion on track for this year; pre-production verification is validating 787-10 design and build processes
777X: Preliminary designs have been validated; GE9X engine development progressing well; construction of new production facilities in Everett, Wash. and St. Louis is progressing rapidly; firm configuration targeted for third quarter this year
"We couldn't be more pleased with the work our teams are doing to design, build and eventually flight test and certify these new, exciting airplanes," Fancher said. "Without the talent and expertise of our people, we wouldn't be on the path we're on. With it, we are making new airplane development a true discriminator and advantage for Boeing."
Source: The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA)
Date: Jun 16, 2015