Wednesday, October 30, 2013


GLENN FARLEY / KING 5 News Aviation Specialist

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 11:24 AM
An internal Boeing memo Wednesday stated that a good deal of the detailed design work for the 777X widebody jet will be carried out by teams outside of Washington.

The memo was sent to workers from Mike Delaney, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of Engineering, and Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of Airplane Development.

According to the memo, teams in South Carolina, Alabama, California, Philadelphia and St. Louis will carry out the detailed design work.

SPEEA, the engineer's union, said the memo doesn't mean core design work will not stay in Puget Sound.

The internal Boeing memo said, "at this time, no decisions have been made about 777X design or build in Puget Sound."

Boeing had previously stated that engineering work handled by suppliers for the 787 would be brought in-house for the next program.

"In addition, we are leveraging lessons learned on 787 and 747-8 to ensure continuity across the 777X program," the memo said. "The announced structure will allow for an efficient use of resources and enable Boeing to resolve design issues effectively the first time."

Makes you wonder what new approach is used on Boeing's engineering run-way. I believed Boeing was in the final leg of its engineering work on the 777X. If this referenced memo confuses, then it probably has succeeded in steering on-lookers off the trail. Something big is going on behind the doors of corporate espionage. Boeing must have assured SPEEA, this is a small thing, just a memo for effect snow-balling the competition gazing from abroad. An 350-1100 is hinted about with Qatar interest. Here are some out-source engineering points under this blogs consideration.
  • How far can you push a two engine configuration while maintaining its advantage over four engines?
  • What is the perfect balance between using composite assembly with metal alloys on Mini+ Jumbo's?
  • Is there a 777-10X  450 passenger capability with the new proposed base design?
  • Is there a 777-10X market, replacing the 747-8i?
  • What is the Airbus A-350 1100?
  • How long would it take for the 777-10X for achieving entry into service using  current Boeing advancements?

Out source these questions with a full engineering report on my desk by end of 2014.

Boeing may build a 450 seat configuration as a 777-10X. Airbus is ready to throw more chips into the pot with the hand its currently holding. Boeing cannot in snide fashion, ignore that threat, because it can replace the 747-8i with an ultimate Mini+Jumbo. Called a Mini Jumbo by default, because Airbus built a huge white elephant that will be lucky to sell enough copies to break even. Making everything else a "mini" by default.
Proof is maybe is this memo reference above, and SPEEA showing an uninterested response when these engineering trespasses that are occuring away from the North West! It tends to perk my attention that memos are leaked, and the engineering union yawns, during threats of outsiders working on the union engineering turf. Everybody in the Jumbo game would like to lay down the last card, and win the pot with a high card.. Airbus  may threaten an 1100 card, and then Boeing plays last with a 1000 card that would trump the 1100. Players at the table are waiting for the proverbial blink., before slapping the last card down.