Boeing Frontiers
June 2003
Volume 02, Issue 02
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The inside track

Boeing has an impressive track record throughout the years of determining the new products and services it will produce to meet the needs of changing markets. The company has brought a string of all-new commercial jet airplanes to market successfully because of a value-based development philosophy that includes assessing enabling technologies, scrutinizing markets, offering configuration choices and listening to customers.

DC-8 DC-8
The DC-8 helped inaugurate reliable jet travel to the world in the late 1950s and became a major force in the long-range, high-capacity markets of the early jet age.
DC-9 DC-9
The DC-9 brought jet service to medium and small communities for the first time in the 1960s, and together with its MD-80 and MD-90 derivatives, the durable DC-9 became one of the most popular jetliners in commercial aviation.
DC-10 DC-10
The DC-10 added a new category of aircraft to the world air transportation system with its the three-engine, dual-aisle widebody design.
The 707 revolutionized air travel when it entered service in 1958. Whisking airlines into the jet age, it combined the features and innovations needed for commercial success.
727 727
Of all the early Boeing jets, the 727 had the most distinctive appearance, with its rakish T-shaped tail and its trio of rear-mounted engines. A total of 1,832 727s were produced at the Boeing plant in Renton, Wash., and they carried billions of passengers on everything from short hops to cross-country flights.
When developed, the 737 had direct competition with the Douglas DC-9 jetliner. However, over the years the 737 grew to become the best-selling airplane of all time. Incorporating advanced technologies, Boeing later designed an all-new generation of 737s that are designed to fly higher, faster and farther than earlier models.
First flown in 1969, the Boeing 747 marked a huge leap in aviation. Boeing gambled its very existence on the original 747, a commercial success that was superseded by the current 747-400 family in 1989.


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Boeing developed the 757 and 767 programs concurrently, launching both models in a seven-month period -- the 767 in 1978 and the 757 in 1979. Although the Airbus A300 was in production, then-Boeing President T. Wilson bet on two new twin-engine jets to pioneer the next generation of commercial airplanes, boasting the latest technology in the cockpits and common flight decks. The simultaneous development of two airplane models has not been duplicated since.


The Boeing 777 is the first jetliner to have been 100-percent digitally designed using three-dimensional computer graphics. The airplane is larger than all other twinjet or trijet airplanes and smaller than the 747. It brings the twin-engine economic advantage to medium- and long-range markets.
7E7 7E7
Boeing now is working on technology and production breakthroughs that will enable the 7E7 to offer new opportunities for passengers and airlines worldwide with superior design, efficiency and support.
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