It's been a tough trail to blaze, but this December, as Boeing marks the third anniversary of the first flight of the 787, the evidence suggests the twinjet program has officially turned a corner. Production is stepping up smoothly and is now halfway toward a target of 10 per month by the end of 2013; assembly is underway of the first 787-9; deliveries are accelerating and, most important, the aircraft has been well accepted by airlines and passengers alike. As for fuel burn—the ...

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