Boeing noted its centennial celebration this past Friday with aggressive plans to innovate supersonic commercial flight possibilities and rockets that may be able to carry people to other planets. Their innovation, however will be carefully controlled so as not to endanger their current standing of the largest plane maker in the world.
The company began 100 years ago as a vision by William Boeing. It was a Seattle boathouse that started the mission. Since that time planes such as the 747 and 707 have been created. Company Chief Executive Dennis Mullenburg stated that innovation has been the key to company success…innovation that is highly disciplined. They plan on repeating that formula for future endeavors.
Now, the company is based in Chicago and has managed to stay one-step ahead of the European rival Airbus in plane manufacturing. It also is a major player in the world of defense and space contracting, aerial refueling tankers, rockets, producing fighter jets and communications satellites.
Now, the company is looking into the possibilities of creating commercial supersonic and hypersonic aircraft, confirmed Mullenburg. It also is considering a manned mission to outer space, specifically Mars. Admittedly the advancements likely are still decades away, but Mullenberg stated they are focused on achieving these goals now.
More recently though Boing is pushing for licenses to conclude sales of over 100 aircraft to Iran. These include the leaded planes, which was addressed with some concern from Congress. The company is also working on plans for a “middle market” aircraft that is being designed as a middle-man between the 787 and the 737. Mullenberg stated that the middle-man plane may be a combination of existing plane technology or it may be a completely new product.
Mullenberg also stated that Boeing is stronger now than it has ever been. It has a backlog of about 5,700 planes, which makes its warehouses busy for at least the next six years. Investing in innovation to keep them busy is what the team as a whole is going to focus on throughout their centennial year and beyond.