Boeing Still Aiming For 2010 787 Delivery

Boeing Co. on Tuesday reaffirmed that it is working toward the first delivery of its delayed 787 Dreamliner in the first quarter of 2010 and the first test flight in the second quarter of 2009.

The U.S. planemaker made the forecast in a slide presentation accompanying a presentation by Scott Carson, chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, at the J.P. Morgan Aviation and Transportation Conference.

The company said market demand for the carbon-composite jetliner is strong with 878 firms orders from 57 customers.

Boeing has been struggling to assemble the plane because of late design changes, parts shortages and substandard work by contractors.