Supplier Parts Shortage Slows 787 Line

By Michael Mecham

As the 22nd 787 enters final body join on the assembly line in Everett, Wash., Boeing says it will delay receiving wing and fuselage sections until early June as some of its suppliers struggle with parts shortages.

The delay will last for 24 manufacturing days (the average is 22 per month), affect the 23rd and 24th aircraft, and should consume all of May. Final assembly work is underway on ...

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