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BOEING 767 FREIGHTER REACHES DESIGN MILESTONE

 EVERETT, Wash., July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing Commercial Airplane Group's Everett Division announced today that it has completed the first review of its design for the new 767 Freighter.
 According to 767 Derivatives Director Grace M. Robertson, passing the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) is a major milestone because it results in stable requirements and design approach for the duration of the program.
 However, Robertson says, for the 767 Freighter the PDR went beyond that usual meaning. Because of the program's unique characteristics -- aggressive cost and schedule targets, plus inviting customer United Parcel Service (UPS) participation in airplane requirements -- the review was more rigorous and comprehensive than usual. Employees have worked six months to ensure that:
 -- All requirements are understood, documented and finalized;
 -- The design is understood, integrated, stabilized and that it's the "best" approach;
 -- The approach is producible; and
 -- Design verification plans are defined, appropriate and integrated.
 With only 22 months until the first airplane rolls out of the factory, the PDR brought Boeing people, suppliers and United Parcel Service personnel together to assure requirements and design approaches are appropriate and stabilized. Also involved were Boeing people responsible for the 757 Freighter program since 1987. One of United Parcel Service's requirements is commonality with that airplane.
 "The PDR was an outstanding review," Robertson said. "During this exercise, we brought together input from everyone who has a stake in the program. Now we have confidence that our resources are developing, the first time, detail designs, plans and tools that will fulfill the customer's needs. Also, doing it right the first time is vital to meeting the aggressive schedules we committed to on this program.
 The first five aircraft are scheduled for delivery in late 1995. UPS launched the 767F in January 1993 with an order for up to 60 airplanes. The first five are scheduled for delivery in late 1995. "We have been very busy in the past six months developing new processes to meet that schedule and to reduce the costs," Robertson said. She cited such examples as "Working Together Teams" -- groups of employees from different departments who together develop the design, build plans and tools to optimize all aspects of the product.
 In concert with this, the program is implementing "concurrent product design," which requires those different departments to work in parallel. This contrasts with the traditional serial approach, where an organization would wait for data from other departments to be completed before initiating its activities.
 "Boeing knows that if this company is to be successful in the years to come, then cycle time and total costs must be cut dramatically," Robertson said. "This program is pursuing those goals.
 "Completing the Preliminary Design Review gives me encouragement that the process improvements we've developed for the 767 Freighter are the right ones, and builds confidence that we have the right team, including a very involved and knowledgeable customer, to get the job done."
 Robertson said that completing the PDR also means the program has the necessary stability that will help Boeing determine the best approach to actively market the airplane to other carriers that have expressed interest.
 "So far, the airplane is exclusively a UPS product," she said. "We agreed to stabilize the program before pursuing further customers."
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 /CONTACT: Brian Ames of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, 206-342-4773/
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