Strike Grounds Dreamliner to '09

Test flight for Boeing's first new jet in 14 years pushed back for a fifth time
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2008 6:16 AM CST
A Boeing employee works in the cargo area of the first Boeing 787 as it stands near completion at the front of the assembly line, Monday, May 19, 2008, in Everett, Wash.    (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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(Newser) – The maiden flight of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has been delayed for the fifth time, reports the AP. The company says the 8-week strike by its workers means the next-generation passenger jet now won't take off until an unspecified date next year. Canceled orders are unlikely despite the delay, says an industry observer, as there is "really no alternative" until the competing Airbus A350 arrives in 2013.