Why Boeing Keeps Losing Money on Each 787 Dreamliner

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner test aircraft in a hangar at Air New Zealand Ltd.'s technical operations base at Auckland International Airport on Jan. 5 Photograph by Brendon O'Hagan/Bloomberg

Amid all the fine financial news Boeing can tout—a record order backlog, robust profit margins, a higher profit outlook—one of the airplane maker’s dreariest performers continues to be its highest-tech, most fuel-efficient product: the 787 Dreamliner.

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