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Monday, May 12, 2008

Why Boeing's Super Jet Isn't Flying Yet...

By: Jen Itzenson

Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner will be the most advanced passenger jet ever made. But as its debut is delayed for the third time, airlines are growing anxious.

The wings are from Japan. The fuselage is from Italy. The engines are manufactured in Britain (though some are also produced in the United States). More than any plane in history, Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner—the first commercial jet constructed largely from superlight, carbon-fiber composites rather than aluminum—is being built by a global network of suppliers and partners. So far, Boeing has taken orders for 892 Dreamliners, worth more than $145 billion, from some 50 airlines. But the outsourcing, along with manufacturing problems, has led to repeated delays. Result? The Dreamliner will not make its appearance until late 2009. [READ MORE]

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