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Boeing Commercial Chief Gives Peek Into Work on Next Plane

  • Around 1,000 engineers assigned to product development group
  • Airbus taking share meanwhile in narrow-body midrange market
Stan Deal on the opening day of the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, UK, on July 18.

Stan Deal on the opening day of the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, UK, on July 18.

Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg
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While Boeing Co. may not be saying much publicly about the new airplane it’s planning, behind-the-scenes engineering work is progressing, Stan Deal, the company’s commercial airplane chief, said.

The US planemaker has assigned about 1,000 engineers to its product development group, which is spearheading design work on the airplane concept and running computer simulations of the manufacturing system that would build it. The unit is involved in other projects, from Boeing’s efforts to certify the tardy 777X jetliner to its work to wring greater range and payload out of two 787 Dreamliner models, Deal said.