Description: Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner is an engineering marvel, but is also seen as the future of affordable luxury.
Source: B. Mutzabaugh, “First Dreamliner Passengers Sing New Jet’s Praises,” USA Today
Date: October 27, 2011
Questions for discussion:
- The Boeing 787 is a technological marvel. What type of manufacturing technology does Boeing utilize? Be sure to keep in mind the different configurations customers are likely to want.
- Is Boeing engaging in continuous improvement? Can you provide evidence using the 787 as an example?
- Discuss the importance of process reengineering for the manufacture of the Dreamliner. Hypothesize why Boeing was late delivering the first model.