Boeing believes the composite structure and electric systems on its new 787 will lead to significantly lower maintenance costs versus comparable aircraft in use today. In fact, according to 787 Deputy Chief Mechanic Justin Hale, the company is guaranteeing mature maintenance cost savings of 32% against the A330 at year 12 of operation. Speaking at a media briefing in Seattle last week, Hale said Boeing is targeting a scheduled maintenance program for the 787 that would allow the aircraft to ...

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