Boeing in the fourth quarter expects to begin major assembly work on the first 787-9 and complete most of the detailed design of the aircraft before year end as it moves to achieve first flight in mid-2013. The company has just released the first 25% of the detailed engineering drawings for the -9, which is due to enter service with Air New Zealand in early 2014, says Mark Jenks, VP for 787-9 development. From here, there will be “a fairly quick ramp-up” in releasing further detailed ...

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