Despite the surge in fuel prices, Boeing will not make any key decisions on the next-generation airliner until at least 2010 or 2011 because the progress of technology and the level of production efficiency will not support an earlier move. “Clearly, we hear from important customers who express frustration, but we can’t afford to do something too quickly,” says Mike Bair, vice president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes business strategy and marketing. “We’re talking about a 30-year bet. If ...

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