A Boeing Co. supplier said it was “surprised” by a report that the planemaker plans to take over production of the 787 Dreamliner’s tail section for future models, and that it would have to agree to any move.
Albaugh explained that much of the "very deliberate" decision-making process on whether to re-engine the 737NG or build an all-new aircraft will hinge on how comfortable the company is with launching a new aircraft program following the many lessons learned from the 787's numerous development problems.
While the aviation world is waiting to see what the Boeing 737RE will be, information that has emerged publically from Boeing and information we’ve obtained gives, we think, a reasonable picture of what the airplane will look like.
Boeing has suspended deliveries of 787 Dreamliner airplane sections from its suppliers to the assembly line in Everett and will hold the line in place a month while mechanics catch up on work. Spokesman Scott Lefeber said the production slowdown won't affect the first Dreamliner delivery.