Essay The Boeing 777 's General Manager

1111 Words Jun 20th, 2015 5 Pages
The Boeing 777’s general manager, Phil Condit, started this project in 1992. United Airlines needed a plane that would fly long-range but was smaller than the current jumbo long-range planes. The company started by hiring and training people that would be working on this large project, 10,000 people were hired. It would take five years and five billion dollars. This project was an extremely large project and would be one of the most complex machines ever built. The Boeing 777 would consist of four million parts and weigh 297,462 lbs. The linguistics for this project were complicated because parts were being built by contracting companies from all over the world. Because of the innovations that were used by Boeing to design and build this aircraft, these processes would set the standard for modern aviation (Sabbagh, 1996a).
Along with Allen Malauly, design team lead, the Boeing design teams would implement some of the most innovative design processes ever used to create an aircraft. Several life-size mock-ups (models) of the plan would be created in extreme detail. The use of life-size mock-ups would help catch and correct mistakes, i.e., interferences, before they started building the plane. These detailed mock-ups would also be used to measure the lengths cables, hydraulic lines, and pipes, test the plane for icing conditions, and test new designed parts for functionality.
One of the most innovative design ideas was the development of the computerized design system…

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