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      Boeing delays Dreamliner program again

      Boeing has suspended deliveries of 787 Dreamliner airplane sections from its suppliers for the fifth time. / FILE
      NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Boeing has suspended deliveries of 787 Dreamliner airplane sections from its suppliers for the fifth time. The work stoppage will effect plants around the world from Washington to Italy to the new assembly plant in North Charleston. The delays will freeze the production line in place for a month while mechanics catch up on work.

      Boeing spokesman Scott Lefeber said the production slowdown is due in part to delays in supplies and re-work on trouble spots founding during test flights.

      Bleeder says the delays won't affect the first Dreamliner delivery to All Nippon Airways of Japan, now expected in September.

      But it could mean that Boeing won't be able to meet its target of delivering between 12 and 20 Dreamliners this year.

      The aerospace giant is expect to update its 2011 delivery outlook on July 27th, when the release earning reports.

      Last week, Ethiopian Airlines, which previously had expected delivery of its first batch of 787s to begin around the turn of the year, indicated that it will have to wait three more months.

      (This report courtesy WCIV.)

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