The sharp scrutiny that Boeing's 787 has been subjected to, the company notes, ignores the fact that the new plane so far has a reliability record quite similar to that of the 777 at the same stage. "When I look at these issues, they’re the same kind of issues we’ve had on other aircraft ... [None of the problems has] raised significant concerns beyond our experience base," said 787 Chief Project Engineer Mike Sinnett.

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