For Boeing, the year 2017 dawned with a long list of concerns facing the commercial market. Net order totals for the company’s commercial aircraft had dropped for two years in a row. Demand for widebody aircraft 12 months ago, in particular, seemed even more worrisome, leaving Boeing struggling to fill production slots on the 777 and 747 lines last January and putting in doubt a proposed ramp-up next year to 14 787 deliveries per month.
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