Boeing confident of 787 delivery

Boeing is confident it can deliver the first 787 Dreamliner in the middle of the first quarter of 2011, the chief financial officer of the world’s largest aerospace and defence company said yesterday. Speaking at a conference hosted by Morgan Stanley, James Bell reiterated the updated delivery target for the long-delayed carbon-composite commercial aircraft. Last week, the company announced another Dreamliner delay – this one related to a delay in the availability of a Rolls-Royce engine needed for the final phases of flight testing. The plane is already more than two years behind schedule.