Boeing is confident for 2010 as plans aircraft services expansion

BOEING said yesterday its 787 Dreamliner aircraft and other plane programmes would help drive growth as global air travel demand resurges and US defense spending growth slows.

Boeing, the second-largest commercial plane maker behind EADS unit Airbus, also said yesterday that it planned to look overseas for opportunities to increase its defense business and would move more aggressively to expand aircraft services.

Chicago-based Boeing said the 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which is more than two years behind schedule, is on track for first delivery by year’s end.

The manufacturer stood by a forecast calling for 2010 earnings of $3.50 to $3.80 a share yesterday.

Boeing had lowered its full-year outlook in April.