Titanium braces for fourth 787 delay

Dec 09, 2008 | 11:44 AM | Frank Haflich

Another delay expected in the delivery schedule for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner would exacerbate an already extensive industry overhang of titanium.

Aerospace industry suppliers who met at Boeing Co.'s Seattle-area operations last week said company executives suggested to them that a fourth stretchout in the initial delivery schedule will soon be announced.

"We've been notified that there's one coming," according to a subcontractor on the program. Most sources believe any pushout would be at least six months, but said they weren't given an exact schedule.

In Everett, Wash., a spokeswoman for the aircraft maker's Boeing Commercial Airplane Co. subsidiary (BCA), declined to speculate on any upcoming delays, noting that the unit hasn't completed its evaluation of the 787 program and its schedules.....

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