Whether by coincidence or divine providence, the fact that Boeing has acknowledged it faces significant challenges to delivering the 787 on schedule just weeks before the first A380 delivers to Singapore Airlines helps to put some perspective on the 18-month delay that Airbus faced with the A380. With first flight of the 787 now set for late November or December, Boeing may have fewer than six months to complete the flight test and certification program in time for the planned May 2008 ...

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