Boeing Rolls Out the Dreamliner

After the ceremonial debut of its carbon-fiber jetliner, the planemaker has Airbus and delivery dates to contend with
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the first large carbon-fiber jetliner, makes its debut on July 8 in Everett, Wash.

Five years ago, Boeing (BA) bet its future on plastics. On July 8, the company showed the airline industry just how that gamble is about to pay off as it rolled out a shimmering blue-and-white 787 Dreamliner before 15,000 guests and announced at least another $5 billion in new orders for the jet.

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