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Boeing’s New 787s Flee Florence in a Cross-Country Exodus

The company moved its expensive birds away from the path of a monster storm.

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Boeing escapes Hurricane Florence

If it can fly, it can evacuate. Boeing Co. flew at least eight of its 787 aircraft out of a South Carolina factory to Seattle on Tuesday ahead of Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm expected to strike the Carolinas later this week.

The Dreamliners escaped potential damage by flying cross-country to Paine Field, an airport adjacent to Boeing’s Everett, Wash., assembly plant, according to flight tracker Flightradar24.com. The bugout included two 787-9s destined for Hainan Airlines Holding Co. and a 787-10 for United Continental Holdings Inc., the first U.S. customer for the largest model of the widebody aircraft, which lists for a cool $325.8 million.