Boeing’s production and delivery rates are rapidly regaining ground, but the impact of the prolonged machinists’ strike this fall—added to disruption caused by a recent nutplate problem—mean year-end deliveries will likely miss 2008 targets by more than 100 aircraft. Airbus, on the other hand, appears to be on track to set a company record with almost 480 deliveries for the year. As many as 485 deliveries were originally planned by Boeing in 2008, but as December began it had handed over ...

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