December promises to be another month of milestones here at Boeing. This week we reached 90% design for the 747-8 Intercontinental.
The program releases the detailed designs in order to begin building parts, assemblies and tools for the 747-8I, the passenger version of the airplane.
An image of the 747-8 Intercontinental.
One of the great stories here is that we reached this important point a week and a half ahead of the plan we laid out a year ago for the program. What that says is that we’re learning some good lessons on the 747-8 Freighter. We’ve been able to change the way we approached the design of the Intercontinental.
After the 747-8 Freighter design effort, the program studied ways to improve the process. Those improvements gave the program greater visibility on all steps in the engineering development, and that helped the program quickly identify areas that needed extra focus.
Bottom line is that we’re in a better place on the Intercontinental. The program’s goal now is to keep up the progress and carry it over to production which is planned to begin the middle of next year.