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Away from the supply chain frustrations and missing engines in Renton, the final assembly of the company’s new flagship in Everett, its sprouting services business in Dallas, finalizing a joint venture with another aircraft manufacturer in Brazil or the integration of numerous other acquisitions, on top of it all2, Boeing has a clear schedule on its way to launching its next all-new commercial airliner.

CFM International, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce will submit their respective best and final offers around late December to power Boeing’s New Middle Market Airplane, the NMA. And a final selection is now expected around February, according to people familiar with the planning. All of these milestones are a prelude to the program’s most important industrial decisions: The authority to offer the NMA in March and a formal commercial launch with first airline orders as early as the Paris Air Show in June, according to the people.

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Jon Ostrower is Editor-in-chief of The Air Current. Prior to launching TAC in June 2018, Ostrower served as Aviation Editor for CNN Worldwide, guiding the network's global coverage of the business and operations of flying. Ostrower joined CNN in 2016 following four and half years at the Wall Street Journal. Based first in Chicago and then in Washington, D.C. he covered Boeing, aviation safety and the business of global aerospace. Before that, Ostrower was editor of the award-winning FlightBlogger for Flightglobal and Flight International Magazine covering the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and other new aircraft programs from 2007 to 2012. Ostrower, a Boston native, graduated from The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs with a bachelor's degree in Political Communication. He is based in Seattle.

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