Shared success

The annual Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance conference in Lynnwood, Wash. continues to grow every year. Today, I once again had the pleasure of speaking with our supplier partners who’ve been just as busy as we have over the past year.

It’s very clear that Boeing won’t be successful if our supply chain partners aren’t successful. That’s because 65 percent of our costs come through the supply chain. As we continue to increase production rates, it’s crucial that our suppliers continue to invest in facilities, equipment, Lean manufacturing and innovation.

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We now procure a billion components and assemblies a year from about 1,500 production suppliers in 34 countries around the world. Last year we spent $43 billion with our supply chain partners. As we continue to grow our production, those numbers will only get bigger.

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As for any news coming out of today’s session, there was more talk and speculation about a 757 replacement. Some even suggested a re-engined 757. The fact is, there’s absolutely no business case to support that.

We’re very happy with our 737 and 787 product lineups. So we’re studying the space in between them. Customer feedback has led us to look at an airplane that is larger than today’s 737 and has greater range than the 757.

Of course, our main focus areas continue to executing on our production rate increases and our current airplane development programs. That’s more than enough to keep all of us busy for some time to come.

Comments (6)

Andrew Boydston (Boise):

Randy,
This story has legs on the Gap filling 757 replacement. I will submit a name for Boeing's consideration. The "Goldenliner".

Secondly I read a really read a nice piece on the expansion project in Charlotte with it "inlet" plant. A 225,000 square foot building started 15 months ago is now operational. It will be expanding its role with additional parts design, testing and production. The old saying comes back, "control what you can control, and do what you do best". I am really excited about what Boeing can do with a twin aisle range breaking "Goldenliner" over the single aisle gap from Boeing's twin aisle metrics.

Dennis Dahl (Bellevue, WA.):

Hello Mr. Tinseth,
In regards to 757 replacement, am hoping Engineering and Marketing teams are looking at something along lines of a "787s". Basically the same thing as today's 787, only downsized into single isle configuration. Can only imagine the incredible reception a plane like that would recieve from customers. Roll out the single isle barrel's!

P.S. Thank you for continued blogs and updates!

Cristiano Arruda (Campo Grande, MS, Brazil):

I would replace the 757-200 or -300 for the 767-200ER and the -300ER. Which aircraft can fill the gap between the 737-9X and the 787-8? The 767, if possible, a 767-2X and the 767-3X. Both with new electronics, a bit more of carbon fiber parts, 767-400ER windows, remodelled cabin.

Cristiano Arruda (Campo Grande, MS, Brazil.):

Boeing has positioned itself in regards to the 757. It is a longer and taller aircraft that demands different assembly tooling. Boeing will sure come with a new product that will cover the range from the 737-600 through the 757-300. Hope that the perfect-nose of the 737 will not be missed because it has the most functional shape among any aircraft produced until today. Together with this classification, I would vote the nose section of the 747-8, too. Because it flies faster than the A380.

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

It is quite amazing that a 767 has more parts than a 777 and the 747-8 has twice as many parts than a 777 is similar size.

The "space in between them" is sort of like a 757 replacement.
I think now the 757s are doing well even if a good portion will be gone from service within the next decade. The newest 757s are just over ten years old, they have a lot of good years left ahead of them, the KC-135s though re-engined in the eighties and nineties have been around for over 50 years under good maintenance. it probably wouldn't hurt to install the Boeing Sky Interior on the newer 757s, very good for transatlantic and West Coast to Hawaii flights.

Terry (Toronto, ON, Canada):

I'm reading about a possible 100-jet order proposal for the 747-8. In addition to the PIP programme improvements, could the laminar flow/tailplane modification (like on the 787-9) be a deal maker for Emirates?

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