11 December 2006
11 December 2006
Customers, partners and employees gathered at the Boeing Everett factory last week to celebrate the virtual rollout of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the program's progress over the last year.
Mike Bair, vice president and general manager of the 787 program, hosted the event.
""Today's virtual rollout is the culmination of many months of effort by thousands of team members at Boeing and its 787 partners,"" said Bair. ""Through the use of our new digital toolset, provided by Dassault Systemes, the team has proven the ability to manufacture 787 designs.""
""The engineering data behind these simulations gives us confidence in our assembly processes and our ability to meet our commitments to our customers,"" Bair said. ""Our tools have enabled us to model the entire production process from our partners' factories to our own. We have found errors in simulation that would have been costly to find in production and have been able to design corrections quickly to keep the program on track."" ""We open our Everett factory next year and start producing airplanes,"" Bair said. ""We will have our rollout and first flight and will begin the flight test program. Every year has been important as we move toward starting deliveries in 2008 but next year will be the most demanding experience for many of us.""
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