Boeing may delay first 787 delivery by 6 more months: report

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Boeing is considering pushing back first delivery of its 787 by at least six more months, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The newspaper is citing people familiar with the situation as saying Boeing officials are expected to announce later this month that first deliveries may not occur until as late as summer 2010, in part because of the recent two-month machinists' strike and ongoing supplier and other problems.

The 787 programme has already faced multiple delays and first delivery was originally due to have taken place to launch customer All Nippon Airways in May this year. If deliveries are pushed back to summer 2010 this will represent a delay of more than two years from the original plan.

Last month Boeing said a year-end target for first flight of the 787 would not be met as a result of the 57-day strike by machinists. It said new first flight and first delivery target dates would not be set until a full assessment of the programme's post-strike status took place.