Boeing plans longer Dreamliner

Boeing said that it had formally committed to building a stretched version of its flagship 787 Dreamliner jet after receiving firm orders for 102 of the planes from five airlines and aircraft leasing companies. The announcement gives the American plane maker orders for the new variant worth more than $29 billion at list prices, a welcome bit of news for the Dreamliner program after troubles with its lightweight but volatile lithiumā€ion batteries grounded the entire 787 fleet for three months this year. “Our team and our customers are excited about growing the product line and expanding our presence with this family of airplanes,” said Raymond L. Conner, the chief executive of Boeing’s commercial aircraft division. “Our ongoing investment in the 787 family is well founded.”

Source: Deccan Herald

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