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  •  I don't think we are in disagreement (0+ / 0-)

    What has caused the greatest delays is that the composite airframe, which would normally be fabricated by Boeing with some sections subcontracted (mainly to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan) and represent a very big chunk of the value and work done by Boeing, was it this case subcontracted to multiple parties, which proved to be a really bad decision.

    But it should also be understood WHY they took that approach: Boeing itself was not a fabricator of this technology (but now they are since they were forced to bail out one of the partners).

    787 is a case of disruptive technology and a disruptive business model. Ultimately it will probably save Boeing because the 787 is a significantly better plane particularly on fuel consumption, and orders are piling-up as they continue to debug the process.

    Another point of technological change on this model is the amount of electronics in the design, which definitely forces a higher degree of outsourcing below the module level (and additional complexity and risk).

    What Boeing really screwed-up on is failing to really assesses the potential problems of this approach and underestimating the time and expense.

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Fri Dec 09, 2011 at 10:51:53 PM PST

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