Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is the world’s most advanced passenger plane, featuring many trailblazing features that, whether a passenger or a pilot, make it a dream to fly—for example, its two engines are so fuel-efficient, the plane can fly from Boston to Tokyo nonstop.

But it has suffered a couple of battery fires and was put on the shelf while engineers puzzle over what went wrong. In the wake of the merger with McDonnell Douglas, Boeing focused on expense management rather than innovation. It outsourced much of the design and manufacturing of key components, and the project has cost much more and taken far longer than it was supposed to.

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