Boeing Frontiers
June 2002 
Volume 01, Issue 02 
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Commercial Airplanes

The Lean ballet

The Lean balletImagine walking along an airplane production line so efficient that you know at a glance when something isn't working right.

Or an airplane manufacturing floor where 737s and 757s are assembled on the same moving line.

Or where parts for those airplanes are delivered just when they're needed, so no more than one or two at a time are being built or in inventory.

Or stable employment that enables employees to work without fear of massive layoffs during an industry downturn.

There is no limit to the vision of the future of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.


Seeking success in safety and security

Seeking success in safety and securityThe terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, dealt the aviation industry - and, indeed, the entire world - an almost unimaginable shock. Boeing sprang to action literally the next day to search for ways to make the air transport system still safer and more secure.

The aviation community quickly focused on finding concrete steps to enhance security. Two panels appointed by U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta analyzed where the system could be made stronger in October and made specific recommendations.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes acted by appointing longtime aviation security veteran Charlie Higgins vice president of Safety and Security Services. Higgins led the company in its effort to work with the entire industry - airlines, regulators, pilots, flight attendants and other manufacturers - first to define requirements and then set standards for secure aircraft.


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