Citing a “much more orderly and disciplined factory,” Boeing’s new 787 general manager says the first aircraft should achieve “power-on” next month and be ready for first flight by the end of March, keeping the company on a revised schedule that anticipates first deliveries late in 2008. In his first public comments since assuming control in October, Pat Shanahan reported last week that the basic design of the standard-sized, 250-seat 787-8 is now “100% complete,” although the airplane ...


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