A day after Virgin Atlantic and Air Canada ordered 787s, Boeing reported a thumping 26.7% increase in first-quarter net earnings to $877 million from $692 million in the year-ago period. Revenue grew 8% to $15.4 billion and earnings from operations rose 36% to $1.3 billion. Backlog reached a record $262 billion, up 23% in the past 12 months due to continued strength in commercial airplane orders and additional defense orders for the F-18 and C-17. Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney ...

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