What is Boeing?

Boeing is based in Chicago, US, and they are the one of the world’s leading aerospace companies, and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Boeing also designs and manufactures rotorcraft; missiles; satellites; electronic and defense systems; launch vehicles; and advanced information and communication systems (20091). As they are the major service provider to NASA, Boeing also operates the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. They are one of the largest US exporters (in terms of sales) and they also provide military and commercial airline support services to all of their customers in over 90 countries worldwide (20091).

Interesting Facts:

Did you know that…

  • Boeing was founded in 1916 in Seattle, Washington by William E. Boeing.
  • Number of employees: more than 158,000 people across the US and in 70 different countries (20091).
  • Boeing has nearly 12,000 commercial jetliners in service worldwide – about 75% of the world fleet (20091).
  • Boeing Commercial Airplanes offer a number of different technologically advanced airplanes, including one that can seat more than 500 and another that is the longest range in the world at about 9,300 nautical miles (14,966km) //(20091).
  • The Boeing 737 is the best-selling commercial airliner in history with more than 8,000 orders, 6,000 of which have been delivered (20091).

What is Boeings company structure?

Boeing is organised into two business units: Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. Supporting these two business units is:

  • Boeing Capital Corporation – a global provider of financing solutions, whose main task is to support the other Boeing business units by arranging, structuring and/or providing financing to assist in the sale and delivery of Boeing products and services while operating as a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company (20091). The business unit is divided into two operating groups: Aircraft Financial Services and Space & Defense Financial Services (20091).
  • Shared Services Group – provides a number of different services worldwide, including: facility services; employee benefits and services; staffing; recruitment; wellness programs; enterprise help desk; security; fire protection; site operations; construction; conservation programs; virtual workplace; creative services; transportation; business continuity and purchasing of all non-production goods and services (20091). It also offers travel services to Boeing employees and corporate customers through Boeing Travel Management Company, and they also manage the sale and acquisition of all leased and owned property through the Boeing Realty (20091).
  • Boeing Engineering, Operation and Technology – help develop, acquire, apply and protect all of the innovative technologies and manufacturing processes (20091).

Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

By merging with McDonnell Douglas in 1997, Boeing has a combined company heritage of 70-years experience and leadership in commercial aviation (20091). The main commercial aircraft that Boeing manufactures are the 737, 747, 767 and 777 families of airplanes and the Boeing Business Jet (20091). There is however, two new aircrafts that are being developed which are the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the 747-8. The Boeing Commercial Aviation Service provides 24/7 technical support to their global customers which also includes a full range of world-class engineering; modification; logistics and information services; and maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities for all Boeing aircraft (20091). Boeing can also train maintenance and flight crews in the 100-seat and over airliner market through the airline training provider Alteon. Boeing Commercial Airplanes is based in Renton, Washington (US) and they have operations in a number of different cities and countries throughout the world. Their business unit is made up of five airplane programs, VIP-derivative airplanes, extensive fabrication and assembly facilities, and a global customer support organization (20091).

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The Boeing 787 rollout on July 8, 2007. (image embedded from Wikipedia on 27 September 2009) Boeing 737-300. (image embedded from Wikipedia on 27 September 2009)

Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS).

"Provide end-to-end services for large-scale systems that enhance air, land, sea, and space-based platforms for global military, government and commercial customers" (20091). They also design, produce, modify, and support fighters; bombers; transports; rotorcraft; aerial refuelers; missiles; munitions and spacecraft for military, civil and commercial use; along with also developing enhanced capabilities through network-centric operations, communications and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance technologies (20091). They also support the US government on several programs including: NASA’s space shuttle and International Space Station programs; the Missile Defense Agency’s Ground-Based Midcourse Defense program; the Army’s Future Combat Systems program and SBInet (20091). Within the Integrated Defense Systems there are a number of different areas that make up the organization including:

  • Boeing Military Aircraft – key programs include: Global Strike Systems; Global Mobility Systems; Airborne Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems; and Rotorcraft Systems (20091).
  • Global Services and Support – advanced global services and support; defense and government services; integrated logistics; maintenance, modification and upgrades; and training systems and services (20091).
  • Network and Space Systems – combat systems; command, control and communications (C3) networks; intelligence and security systems; missile defense systems; space and intelligence systems; and space exploration (20091).
  • Tanker Programs – next-generation aerial refueling tanker (KC-767 International Tanker) (20091).
  • Phantom Works – consists of four business areas which include: Advanced Boeing Military Aircraft (ABMA); Advanced Network & Space Systems (AN&SS); Advanced Global Services & Support (AGS&S); Analysis, Modeling, and Simulation & Experimentation (AMSE) (20091).
  • Joint Ventures - Sea Launch; United Launch Alliance (ULA); and United Space Alliance (USA) (20091).
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Japan Air Self-Defense Force KC-767J - International Tanker (image embedded from Wikipedia on 27 September 2009) E-3 Sentry (an AWACS surveillance aircraft) (image embedded from Wikipedia on 27 September 2009)

Major Boeing Commercial Airplanes Facilities.

  • Renton, Washington (US) - Commercial Airplanes Headquarters; 737 Manufacturing; Boeing Business Jet; Alteon Training (20091).
  • Everett, Washington (US) - 747; 767; 777; and 787 manufacturing (20091).
  • Seattle, Washington (US) - Global customer services support; spares and logistics support; maintenance and engineering services; fleet enhancements and modifications; and flight operations support (20091).
  • Auburn, Frederickson and Everett, Washington (US); Portland, Oregon (US); Salt Lake City, Utah (US); Winnipeg, Canada; Melbourne and Sydney, Australia - Boeing fabrication; emergent operations; complex precision machining; specialty production focusing on advanced metal structures; tubes, ducts and reservoirs; integrated aero structures; electrical systems; interiors; composites; and spares (20091).
1. BOEING (2009). Boeing. Retrieved from Boeing on 20 September 2009.

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