AIRSHOW-UPDATE 1-Boeing reaffirms latest 787 delivery plan

* Boeing says 787 delivery plan unchanged from July 15

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FRANKFURT, July 17 (BestGrowthStock) – Boeing (BA.N: ) said its chief
executive had not altered the latest delivery guidance on the
787 Dreamliner after a newspaper said he had expressed
confidence in delivering the plane by end-year.

Boeing last week said deliveries could slip into 2011 but
that no decision had been taken. [ID:nN15224632]

In a summary of an interview given to European Sunday
newspapers by Boeing Chief Executive Jim McNerney, released on
Saturday, Germany’s Welt am Sonntag said: “The Boeing chief was
also confident that the first Dreamliner 787 can be, as
announced, delivered by the end of 2010.”

A Boeing spokesman clarified that McNerney had stuck to the
same script on deliveries as the 787 general manager last week.

In a partial transcript of the interview made available by
Boeing to clarify his comments on deliveries, McNerney said:
“The plan remains to deliver the planes by the end of the year.
Having said that, there is not much margin in the schedule, and
there’s a lot of activities and data collection and things that
we’ve got to get done, largely routine in nature, but
nonetheless, could impact the schedule by weeks.”

Welt am Sonntag also said McNerney had made upbeat comments
on the economy and new orders this year.

“We have left a difficult economic phase behind us, are
financially healthy with a large order book,” the newspaper
quoted McNerney as saying.
(Reporting by Maria Sheahan and Tim Hepher; Editing by Toby
Chopra)

AIRSHOW-UPDATE 1-Boeing reaffirms latest 787 delivery plan