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787 delays mount, first delivery in '09.(FINANCIAL RESULTS, NEW DEALS, AND REPORTS FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE GLOBE)(Brief article)

Boeing on Jan. 16 announced further delays to the 787 program as it struggles to finish the first aircraft while suppliers continue to fall short in completing work correctly and in a timely manner on successive Dreamliners. First flight now will take place "around" the end of the second quarter, nearly a year after rollout. In early October, Boeing said first flight would happen toward the end of the first quarter.

First delivery to launch customer ANA will occur in "early 2009" rather than in late 2008. While Boeing expressed confidence that it would meet its new schedule for first flight and delivery to ANA, it was noncommittal on further deliveries. "We're not going to have 109 deliveries in '09 [as previously planned]," Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Scott Carson admitted, adding that the company had "to work through an assessment" over the next couple of months before making any statements on production ramp-up. …

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