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Third 787 delay pushes first flight to autumn.(News Briefs)(Boeing Co. delays its flight)(Brief article)

As widely expected, Boeing on April 9 announced a further six-month delay to the 787 program, the third since the July 2007 rollout. First flight now is expected in the fourth quarter instead of the current quarter, with first delivery occurring in the third quarter of 2009 rather than in early 2009 as stated last January and at least 14 months behind original plans to deliver the first 787 to ANA this month. Only 25 deliveries are scheduled for 2009, down from predictions of 109 last fall.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Scott Carson said that despite "solid progress," the "traveled work situation and some unanticipated rework have prevented us from hitting the milestones we laid out in January. …

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