Boeing opens up about Dreamliner woes
March 3rd 2011 - Thursday
Boeing Co tried to do too much with outsourcing and other innovations in developing its 787 Dreamliner, the company acknowledged in a Reuters special report published on Jan 20.
Employees and some aerospace experts say the complex global partnerships behind the Dreamliner have eliminated and displaced US jobs, diminished the value of US engineering and delayed the aircraft by nearly three years.
"We made too many changes at the same time – new technology, new design tools and a change in the supply chain – and thus outran our ability to manage it effectively for a period of time,” the company said in written response to Reuters questions for the special report. "In short, we have learned, and we are applying our learning."
The world's second-largest plane-maker has promised to bring more of the design work back in-house for the next version of the lightweight carbon-composite plane.
But Boeing insists its global approach to manufacturing keeps it competitive with rivals and insulates the US job market from the shocks of the highly cyclical airplane business.
To read the full special report log on to: link.reuters.com/vez27r