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Next Generation Boeing 737

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Over four billion people across the globe choose airline service as their mode of travel each year. To keep these passengers traveling worry free, safety must be incorporated in all aspects of aircraft design and manufacturing. Boeing Commercial Airline Company has produced some of the safest and most efficient jetliners in the world. The Next Generation 737 is no exception as it boasts one of the best safety records of all commercial aircraft.

The idea of flight has been around for centuries. On December 17th, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright brought the century long dream into reality by achieving the first sustained controlled flight in a powered aircraft. (Bilstein, 1984, p. 12) During this same period of time, William Boeing had just finished Yale engineering college and was headed out to the West Coast. (The Beginnings, 1995-2006) In 1916, Boeing Airplane Company was created. Over ninety years have passed and this once small struggling aircraft company now has become a vast thriving empire. One of Boeing?s most successful aircraft has been the 737. ?The 737 family of aircraft has won orders for more than 6,000 airplanes, which is more airplanes than The Boeing Company?s biggest competitor has won for its entire product line since it began business.? (Boeing 737 Aircraft History, 2006)

A Glimpse of Perfection

Over forty years have passed since Boeing began production of the first 737 in 1965. Since then, the 737 family of aircraft has carried over twelve billion passengers and has flown over 75 billion miles. (737 Facts, 1995-2006) ?More than 541 operators fly 737?s into more than 1,200 cities in 190 countries.? (737 Facts, 1995-2006) On February 13th, 2006, Boeing delivered the 5,000th 737 to Southwest Airlines, making the 737 ?the most successful jet in the history of commercial aviation.? (Gates, 2006, p. A10) Rather than trying to incorporate a new aircraft for the future, Boeing has built off the success of the 737. With the introduction of the Next Generation 737-600, 700, 800, and 900 models, Boeing has secured a place in the sky for this great aircraft through the middle of the century. Many system safety practices and disciplines have gone into the design of the Next Generation 737 making the aircraft one of the safest in the entire commercial aircraft industry.

Though the 737 is already an industry leader in aviation, Boeing thrives on perfection and is always looking toward the next step in improving the design of their aircraft. To prepare for the future, an organization must look behind at existing practices that brought them to this point. Introducing system safety principles as early in a life cycle of a program is best. Boeing is no exception, by using the discipline of incorporating existing knowledge in the design of today?s aircraft. This is evident by some of the staff involved in the Next Generation 737?s. ?George Cook worked on the flight test of the first 737 and now, at 69, still installs and tests 737 flight boxes in Renton, Washington.? (Gates, 2006, p. A10) Having this type of experience throughout the life cycle of a project can greatly increase safety and efficiency while offering a smooth transition in the design and implementation phases of a product.

Boeing takes great consideration to accommodate the Liveware ? Hardware element as the Liveware element is involved in a majority of aircraft incidents and accidents. The equipment in the 737, from model to model, is configured so there is standardization from one aircraft to the next. This provides an easy changeover for pilots as airlines upgrade the models of their aircraft from time to time.
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