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Dreamliner gets go ahead, Condit gets door.(Boeing)

Boeing's board of directors in mid-Dec, gave permission for the company to offer its proposed 7E7 Dreamliner to customers. The decision, which seemingly paves the way for launch of the company's first new jet program in more than a decade, was a bittersweet moment in light of all that occurred in the weeks leading up to it.

On Dec. 1, Phil Condit, chairman and CEO since 1997, resigned in the wake of allegations over corporate misbehavior in Boeing's pursuit of a contract to lease 100 767 tankers to the US Air Force. Condit, 62, said he was leaving the company where he worked for more than 38 years, "as a way to put the distractions and controversies of the past year behind us."

Only a week before his fall, the company had sacked Executive VP and CFO Mike Sears over his role in the hiring of a former US government official who was involved in evaluating the tanker proposal. …

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