For an aircraft not even conceived as part of Boeing’s original 21st-century airliner family plan, the 787-10 has the potential to take a significant slice of the replacement market for Airbus A330-300s and 777-200s with more than 300 seats and, at the same time, give the twinjet program a strong push toward profitability. That is the belief at Boeing, which in early December began to assemble the first 787-10, the second stretch variant of the family, at its facility in Charleston, ...

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