June 23, 2009

Boeing delays launch of 787 Dreamliner

Boeing said the first flight of the 787 Dreamliner in Everett, Wash., would have to wait for production crews to reinforce the plane's side-of-body section.

The company said in a statement the plane's long-delayed initial flight and delivery would be rescheduled following the final determination of the required modification and testing plan.

Consideration was given to a temporary solution that would allow us to fly as scheduled, said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Carson.

However, we ultimately concluded that the right thing to do was to develop ... a permanent modification.

The company said it would hold a news conference Tuesday morning to discuss the development.