Boeing orders halt at Italian 787 supplier

08/14/2009 | Wall Street Journal, The

Boeing Co. confirms it has ordered an Italian factory to halt work on sections of the 787 fuselage, casting further doubt on the plane's production schedule. Boeing reportedly discovered flaws in the composite skin of the two fuselage sections produced by Alenia Aeronautica in Naples. The problems could "lead to significant degradation of the structure," Boeing wrote in its letter ordering Alenia to halt its work. The letter, dated June 23, was first reported on an aviation blog and confirmed by Boeing on Thursday.

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