Will Boeing Build A Behemoth To Defend Its Turf?

Ever since rival Airbus Industrie stirred up the Paris Air Show in June with talk of building an airplane larger than Boeing Co.'s huge 747-400, Boeing officials have shied away from the subject. Yes, such a plane would challenge the monopoly franchise enjoyed by Boeing's humpbacked giant. And yes, Boeing was studying its own alternatives. But that's about all the nation's No. 1 exporter would report.

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