Boeing's 787 Encounters Flight Delays

Boeing pushes back the Dreamliner's maiden voyage but vows it can speed up flight testing and make deliveries on time

Boeing's (BA) decision to delay the first flight of its new fuel-sipping 787 Dreamliner another two months acknowledges the enormous challenges of assembling the world's first composite-based commercial jetliner. Executives insist that the 787 will be delivered on time, and that such a pushback would not be fatal to the new airplane program, sales of which have set new records. Indeed, most veteran airline execs and investors have long anticipated a delay. The challenge, if it happens, is to keep it brief.

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