Boeing, one of the crown jewels of the American economy, is unveiling the long awaited 787 Dreamliner, a daring and controversial new plane that carries an incredible profit potential.
The Dreamliner promises cutting edge features, comfort and industry-leading fuel economy. If it lives up to its expectations, the plane could revolutionize the airline industry and earn Boeing billions of dollars in the process.
Boeing is a legendary manufacturer of some of the highest profile and most consequential aircraft in history, from the B-17 of World War II, to the immensely successful 747 jumbo jet, to the most popular airliner ever, the 737. But this quintessential American company may be facing its most challenging moment. Will Boeing’s big bet pay off? The long awaited Dreamliner comes after nearly a decade of development, billions of dollars in overruns and three years of agonizing delays. The criticism has stung and given investors reason to question Boeing’s economic health.
Against this backdrop, CNBC’s Phil LeBeau will take viewers inside Boeing to see whether this enormously important American company, and one of the nation's largest employers, can rise to the challenge of a rapidly changing global aviation market.