Further delays at Boeing

BOEING put a rain check on the first test flight of its troubled 787 Dreamliner for the fifth time yesterday, and blamed a structural problem for the latest blow to the company&rsquo;s credibility.<br /><br />The planemaker declined to give a new date for the flight, or to confirm when the first delivery &ndash; which will also be rescheduled &ndash; would be. <br /><br />The revolutionary carbon-composite aircraft, already two years behind its original schedule, was due to fly in the second quarter of 2009.<br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s important that it flies when it&rsquo;s ready to fly and when we have high confidence in what we can accomplish with it in flight tests,&rdquo; chief executive Scott Carson said.<br /><br />Boeing said the fix &ndash; reinforcing an area within the side-of-body section of the aircraft &ndash; was inexpensive, and didn&rsquo;t raise broader worries about the future of the much-blighted aircraft.