Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney said that with the 787 on the "eve" of first flight, "we're turning to profitability" and working on developing an efficient production process that will allow the manufacturer to benefit from the troubled program as quickly as possible. He claimed that about half of Boeing's aircraft programs have started at "zero profitability," adding, "we often start from lower profitability. . .The opportunity [to drive profit margins] with the 787 program ...

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