Philip Condit and the Boeing 777

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Philip Condit and the Development of the 777
Daniel W. Sobel
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Abstract
This paper of Philip Condit and the Development of the 777; describes the management, and technological changes that Philip Condit made to the development style of the Boeing Company. Before Philip Condit took over the 777 program, Boeing had been making airplanes in the same fashion as it had been doing for 70 years prior. Mr. Condit saw the chance to bring Boeing into the 21st century not only with the new technology of computer aided drafting, but with modern management techniques as well. The 777 program proved to be the perfect testing ground for a companywide change in the way Boeing did its business.

Philip Condit and the Development of the 777
In 1988; Boeing was looking to compete with the new jetliners that Airbus had released. The current CEO, Frank Shrontz, was planning on modifying the 767 to accommodate a longer range, an increase of passengers, and a payload to match what airbus was producing. To find out what United Airlines was looking for; Frank Shrontz sent Philip Condit (who at that time was the Executive Vice President of Boeing’s commercial airlines group) to talk with the Vice President of United Airlines; Frank Guyette. The meeting ended with the message that United Airlines did not want a modified aircraft. They wanted what the other airlines were asking for; a new and technologically advanced aircraft. Frank Shrontz agreed; and in 1989 announced the 777 project with Philip Condit in charge (Pearce, Robinson, 2003).
The external environment in 1989 was certainly in Boeings favor over Airbus. The economy was growing in the United States; and far better than in Europe. The political climate effecting the competition was in Airbus’s favor; due to the subsidies for manufacturing that airbus enjoyed. The cost of developing a…...

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