Less than a year after Boeing's problem plagued Dreamliner was grounded, the latest version of the 787 made its first flight. The plane lifted off as hundreds of Boeing workers watched at the company's final-assembly plant in Everett, Wash.
"The 787-8 is the pathfinder that opens up the markets," said Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "This airplane [787-9], with more capacity and the longer range, will fill in right behind it and pick up as the airlines start to increase loads."
The 787-9 flight took place as shares of the Dow component climbed to their highest level ever, topping $117.00 a share.
They closed Tuesday at $117.11, up $1.44 or 1.24 percent, on the day.
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The stock is up more than 60 percent since it traded in the $70 range earlier this year when fires on two Dreamliners prompted a worldwide grounding of the plane.