Aircraft: Boeing's Billions

Being the world's leading builder of commercial jet aircraft, the Boeing Co. rings up sales records as routinely as it rolls new planes off its assembly lines.

Even so, the sounds from Boeing last week were superlative. A $100 million order by United Air Lines for five giant 747 superjets helped bring the com pany a total of $961 million in new commercial business over the past month, boosted its backlog to a staggering $5.6 billion.

Son of Skybolt. Most of the new business came from airlines' rushing to line up early delivery dates...

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