Aviation: A Lot of People For a Lot of Plane

The Boeing Co.'s 747 superjet is designed to be so large and efficient that it can carry 490 people across oceans for much less than it costs the other subsonic jets to do the job today. To make the idea work, however, Boeing had to market the 747, which it seems to have done successfully. With parts for the prototype arriving daily at Boeing's Renton, Wash., plant, and the plane's first flight due in about 27 months, the nation's largest aerospace company has so far sold 102 of the jumbo jets at a...

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