Boeing’s new 787 wide-body jetliner made its maiden flight on December 15. However, rollout of the aircraft has been dogged by a series of development delays, which will cost the company millions of dollars in compensation to customers. Getting the 787–Boeing’s main new contender in the key high-margin wide-body market segment and a platform for several new technologies–back on track is vital to securing the company’s future in its ferocious competition with Airbus.

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