Boeing Expected to Delay Dreamliner 6 More Months

Customers eager to get fuel-efficient airliner as delays push to 14 months
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Apr 8, 2008 8:39 AM CDT
Boeing Co. provided this undated photo of Patrick Shanahan, vice president and general manager of the 787 Program. Shanahan said Boeing is "making progress against our plans."    (AP Photo/Boeing Co., Marian Lockhart)
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(Newser) – Boeing is expected to delay delivery of its 787 Dreamliner for a third time, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports, as the company continues to struggle with parts shortages, redesigns, and manufacturing partners falling behind schedule. Analysts expect at least another 6-month delay to be announced tomorrow, pushing back the new fuel-efficient airliner a total of 14 months from its original delivery date.

Boeing's stock has dropped some 30% as investors have lost confidence in the company’s ability to get the next-generation aircraft off the ground, reports MarketWatch. Experts say tomorrow’s conference call with analysts will be critical for Boeing as it tries to regain credibility.