Boeing merges with McDonnell Douglas on August 1, 1997.

  • By Walt Crowley
  • Posted 3/21/2001
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 3121
On August 1, 1997, the Boeing Company officially combines with the McDonnell Douglas Corporation to create the world's largest aerospace enterprise with 220,000 employees.

Boeing had already absorbed the Rockwell International Corporation's aerospace and defense divisions in December 1996. Combination with its longtime rival, McDonnell Douglas, produced a new organization structure around three main divisions: Boeing Commercial Aviation Group, Space & Defense Systems, and a Shared Services Group. Boeing's Phil Condit was tapped as chairman and CEO for the new corporation, and McDonnell Douglas' former president Harry C. Stonecipher took the helm as president and chief operating officer.

The merger was not entirely smooth, and Boeing suffered losses due to production delays and sagging investor confidence. It was also the target of several major strikes in the late 1990s. The company announced on March 21, 2001, that it would relocate its corporate headquarters to another city.


Sources: The Boeing Company website accessed on March 21, 2001 (www.boeing.com); "Boeing, MD, to Merge," December 16, 1996, CNN Money website accessed on March 21, 2001 (cnnfn.cnn.com).

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