A strike at Boeing would delay not only the much-hyped 787 Dreamliner, but also derivatives based on two of the company's wide-body staples. The 747-8, a cargo plane that incorporates features from the 787, is slated to fly in mid-2009. Meanwhile, the 777 Freighter is scheduled for 500 hours of ground testing and 270 hours of flight testing as Boeing seeks to deliver its first orders in the fourth quarter of this year.
Boeing said it will not compete for a contract to supply Switzerland with new fighter jets. Boeing said it decided it was unlikely to win the contract because of disparities between the Swiss requirements and the next generation capabilities of the Boeing F/A-18E/F Block II Super Hornet.
NASA's in-house watchdog said the board that will oversee construction of a spacecraft to replace the space shuttle includes employees of contractors that will work on the new spacecraft. The inspector general recommended suspending six of the board members for what it calls a conflict of interest.