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Boeing 787’s Reliability Gain Is Giving a Supplier Headaches

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After early hiccups, Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner is turning into a stellar performer for airlines. That’s creating an unexpected headache for the company that makes the plane’s cockpit displays.

The problem: Rockwell Collins Inc. finds itself with a bulge of unsold spare parts because the monitors used by pilots to track the jet’s radar and performance are proving more reliable than expected, Chief Executive Officer Kelly Ortberg said Friday.