Boeing is already upping its own investment with the commissioning of a fourth modified 747 to add to its Dreamlifter superfreighter fleet. Two are flying and here in the Puget Sound region.
The first 787 wings, built in Japan, will arrive via Dreamlifter later this month.
As an extra insurance policy, Boeing has contracted with Russian heavy-lift air-cargo company Volga-Dnepr to provide an Antonov 124 when needed to back up the Dreamlifters.
Meanwhile, Boeing is hiring and training extra mechanics in Everett so as to be ready for last-minute issues.
"They are just waiting for parts to show up, so we can start the final-assembly process," said Bair.
The sales momentum of the new jet program continues unabated.
The firm-order tally stands at 490, and Bair said some major airlines have newly entered negotiations.
Instead of calming down, he said, sales activity may get "a little more frenzied."
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