Boeing announced yesterday that it has completed the firm configuration of the 787-9, which it aims to begin delivering in late 2013. "The airplane's structural, propulsion and systems architectures are defined and not changing," VP-787-9 Development Mark Jenks said. The significance of the firm configuration is that it will allow the manufacturer and its suppliers to begin detailed design of parts, assemblies and other systems for the -9, Boeing said. "As detailed ...

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