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Boeing - expenditures on research and development projects 2001-2020

Boeing’s research and development costs were around 2.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2020, down from almost 3.2 billion in 2019. The decrease in expenses came as a result of lower spending related to the 737 and 777 model families. The level of research and development expenditure was highest in 2016 and ahead of the 787 Dreamliner jet family launch. The Dreamliner is one of the company’s most important model families, trailing only the 737 series.

R&D a key factor in aerospace industry

Research and development efforts are vitally important in the aerospace industry. Boeing is constantly competing for orders with rival Airbus. Without investing in new innovations, either company would be left behind. As a result of the Dreamliner's success, Airbus rolled out the A350 model. After Boeing's worst quarter in history, the jet manufacturer is expected to incur additional research and development costs to redesign the 737. This will be necessary in order to comply with new safety standards resulting from 737 problems that led to two fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019.

Boeing's R&D expenditures from FY 2001 to FY 2020

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Release date

February 2021



Survey time period

FY 2001 to FY 2020

Supplementary notes

The figures from FY 2001 through FY 2017 were taken from previous annual reports.

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