Boeing says 787 launch will be pushed back

Thursday, April 10, 2008

CHICAGO — Chicago-based Boeing Co. pushed has pushed back the debut of its often-delayed 787 jetliner by another six months.

The delay announced Tuesday will postpone the jetliner's debut in commercial service until the third quarter of 2009. It further jolts the company's credibility and may cost billions of dollars in additional costs and penalties.

The latest delay is the third revision to Boeing's delivery schedule and the fourth switch in the plans for first test flight.

It underscores the problems Boeing is having keeping to a schedule while leaning heavily for the first time on outside contractors for most of the manufacturing work.

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