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In Pictures: Boeing ramps up production to beat back competitors

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Workers rivet inside the body of a Boeing 777 at their assembly plant in Everett, Wash., October 18, 2012. Boeing Co. is ramping up production at all of its factories to produce more jets, more quickly than ever before.

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The wing for a Boeing 777 airliner sits on the assembly line at the Everett plant. Nearly 1 million rivets hold the wings together, and many are still hand-installed.

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A worker assembles a wing flap for the Boeing 737-900 at their operations in Renton, Wash., Oct. 18, 2012. Boeing is racing to turn a record backlog of more than 4,000 orders into revenue and profit.

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A worker stands in front of an engine on the Boeing 777 at the Everett plant. More than 3,000 factory workers build seven of the $300-million (U.S.) airliners every month, a pace that will quicken to 8.3 airliners a month as of today.

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A coffee shop sits in the middle of one of the hangars at the Boeing assembly plant in Everett. Airlines and investors will be watching when the company posts third-quarter results on Oct. 24.

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A pair of workers assemble a wing for the Boeing 777 at the plant in Everett.

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A worker makes adjustments inside the body of the Boeing 777. The company faces more competition than ever; Airbus, for instance, is inaugurating a new factory in Toulouse, France, for its A350 jet, a competitor to the 777 and 787.

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A worker cleans up inside the body of the Boeing 777 at the Everett plant. A slowing economy could hamper production, as could shifts in oil prices.

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A technician works on a jet engine for the Boeing 737-900 at their assembly operations in Renton, Wash. The 737 line has a new system for working on wings that is so secret, company officials wouldn’t let it be photographed.

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A worker checks paperwork while working in the cargo hold of Boeing 737-900 at the assembly plant in Renton.

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A technician works on a jet engine for the Boeing 737-900 in Renton.

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A worker rivets on the outside the body of a Boeing 777 at the assembly plant in Everett.

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A Boeing 787 sits on the assembly line at the plant in Everett.

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A Boeing 737-900 sits on the assembly line at the company's operations in Renton. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S expect Boeing on Wednesday to post earnings per share of $1.12 for the quarter ended Sept. 30, down from $1.45 a year ago.

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