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Boeing says suppliers in Japan are shipping parts

March 16, 2011

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CHICAGO—Boeing Co. says its Japanese suppliers are still shipping some of its airplane parts, and it has several weeks' worth of parts in its inventory.

Spokesman Thomas Brabant said on Wednesday there has been no immediate impact on Boeing production from last week's earthquake and tsunami. More than one-third of the parts for Boeing's new 787 are made in Japan, and 20 percent of parts for the 777 are made there.

Boeing is flight-testing the new 787 and aims to deliver the first one later this year.

Boeing has also suspended corporate travel to Japan until airports and other transportation are operating more normally.