The 787 is approximately 5,000 lb. overweight, 787 VP and GM Mike Bair said during a conference call with reporters yesterday, but the company has a plan to take the weight off through "further part optimization and material substitution." Bair described the weight issue and the development schedule as the biggest challenges facing the program, adding that these are "not dissimilar to past aircraft programs." He described the 787 as making "good steady progress" as it transitions from design ...

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