Supply Chain Management Issues in Boeing

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The postponement in the rescheduled first flight and delivery of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has brought to light the necessity of ensuring an efficient supply chain management in any manufacturing organization. With 892 customer orders from 61 major airlines for this most popular product 'Dreamliner' of Boeing, the company is unable to make any progress in meeting the commitments in respect of deliveries of the aircrafts.


This has also put all other stakeholders into serious problems. This paper presents an analysis of the supply chain of Boeing in the context of various facets of the management of the supply chain by the company.
In response to A 380 airliner from its arch rival Boeing Corporation embarked on the manufacture of 'Boeing787 Dreamliner' a light weight model with seating capacity of 210 to 296 passengers. "The 787 Dreamliner is a family of new airplanes that promises to bring big-jet comfort and economics to the mid-size market. The Boeing 787 incorporates advanced materials, systems and engines to provide a 20% improvement in fuel performance on a per-passenger basis. The 787-8 Dreamliner will carry 210 to 250 passengers about 7,650 to 8,200 nautical miles and the 787-9 will carry 250 to 290 passengers about 8,000 to 8,500 nautical miles (Boeing Commercial Aerospace). The first delivery was scheduled for May 2008 which now has been pushed as far as the second quarter of 2009. ...
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