President Alan Mulally of Boeing said Sunday that planes of the future would be made of non-metal materials or composites, and such materials could be ready within the decade.
In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, airlines suffered a huge downturn in both popularity and reliability. Plans for newer and better aircraft are still planned to help ensure that such events do not happen again.
Both building and maintenance costs are expected to be lower for the new aircraft. Mr. Mulally notes that new materials are already being used in the new 787 Dreamliner - expected to make its first flight next year.