Boeing’s new plane continues to be a dream deferred: Its Dreamliner 787 was supposed to be ready in 2009, but should definitely be ready by the third quarter of 2011, according to the company.Another concern: The Southwest plane forced to make an emergency landing in early April after a hole opened in the top of the aircraft was a Boeing 737. Analysts say that shouldn’t much affect sales, though — the kind of airplane that failed isn’t made anymore.
Indeed, Boeing recently scored an important $30 billion contract to supply refueling aircraft to the Air Force, beating European rival Airbus. And investors seem happy: The stock is up some 20% year to date. —S.D.