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Boeing puts Dreamliner assembly on a three-week hold

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Boeing has put a three-week hold on assembling new 787 Dreamliner airplanes. The Chicago-based company says the hold began late last month. Boeing says some of its suppliers have been coping with parts shortages and need time to catch up.

This delay is just the latest hitch in producing the plane. Last month an electrical fire during a test flight caused most of the power in the plane to shut down.

Richard Aboulafia is an aerospace analyst with Virginia-based Teal Group.

“It’s an incredibly ambitious design, a very promising design, and it’s met with huge commercial reaction,” Aboulafia says. “But on the other hand, it’s easily the worst commercial aircraft development program in the history of the aviation business.”

Boeing is more than two years behind schedule delivering the airplane. The company emphasizes that with this hold, it hasn’t asked its partners to halt production. And Boeing says it’s not in response to the fire.

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