Boeing Co.'s new 787 Dreamliner aircraft -- which Hainan Airlines Co. would use to fly nonstop between Boston and Beijing -- will not take its first flight by the end of the year after all, the manufacturer said today. Boeing is assessing the impact of its recently ended 58-day machinists strike on the Dreamliner's timeline, so the company does not yet have a new flight date nor know whether aircraft deliveries to customers will be delayed for the fourth time, said spokeswoman Yvonne Leach. The first flight was supposed to happen in September 2007 and deliveries already have been pushed back by two years. Hainan, which hopes to launch the nonstop service in 2010, could not immediately be reached for comment. The Massachusetts Port Authority, which runs Logan, is "waiting anxiously for the 787," Massport chief executive Thomas K. Kinton, Jr., recently told the Globe. He said the officials Hainan "looked at and continue to look at leasing an aircraft in the interim."
Posted by Nicole C. Wong. Globe Staff