QANTAS has asked for a briefing on the latest 300-seat version of the Boeing 787 "Dreamliner", the 787-10 that Boeing claims will be 10 per cent more efficient than European rival Airbus's A350.
Interesting stuff on the 787 progress:
Mr Bair said engine testing by Rolls-Royce and General Electric had gone well and both manufacturers had managed to get thrust beyond 80,000lb, well above the 75,000lb rating.
"Both engine test programs are off to a great start," he said.
'We've been very, very pleased with the smoothness of the engine development programs and unlike a lot of airplane development programs I've been associated with, this is one where engines are not on our watch list."
The manufacturer was also making "phenomenal progress" in the biggest structural test program in the history of the Boeing company.
The program was aimed at ensuring the plane's composite structure was designed efficiently and met customer expectations and high safety requirements.
The airline was developing a test program for the wing and had now built nine full-size fuselage barrels.
Mr Bair said the effects of the program were global, with more than 135 sites involved in 787 work.
"We think at this time the 787 is the largest industrialisation program in the entire world,' he said.
"More than 3 million square feet of factory is being built, primarily by our structural partners but also by some of our systems partners and some of the engine manufacturers."