At its Renton factory south of Seattle, Boeing is assembling the first of its 737-900ERs, which incorporate a flat rear pressure bulkhead, optional fuel tanks and additional emergency exit doors to create a 215-seat long-range competitor to the Airbus A321. The 180-215-seat aircraft is set for an Aug. 8 rollout, followed by a five-month flight test/certification program that begins in September. As with all 737s, the fuselage is manufactured by Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita, Kan., and ...

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