Hope builds as Boeing 787 Dreamliner passes milestone

Apr 22, 2010 | 12:48 PM | Frank Haflich

Hopes that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will meet its delivery target increased this week after Boeing Co.'s top executive said the test flight program hasn't met any significant hitches.

"The airplane is performing very well and we continue to retire technical risk," Jim McNerney, chairman, president and chief executive officer of the Chicago-based aerospace company, said during an investors conference call.

While the 787 has been delayed about 2½ years, due primarily to challenges faced by Boeing in managing its global network of suppliers and subcontractors, McNerney emphasized that the company remains "on track" to deliver the first 787 to All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd.'s Chinese branch by year-end.....

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