Boeing, Korean Air in talks on 787 delivery
SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. aircraft and defence company Boeing Co (BA.N) is in talks with South Korea's Korean Air Lines Co Ltd (003490.KS) on its delivery schedule for the 787 Dreamliner, the head of Boeing's Korea unit said.
"The discussions are ongoing with Korean Air," Patrick Gaines, president of Boeing Korea, told reporters on Wednesday.
Boeing has said the first delivery of the long-delayed 787 Dreamliner is scheduled for the third quarter of this year, clearing up concerns after a November electrical fire on a test flight threw the timing into doubt.
A report in Aviation Week earlier said South Korea's No.1 airline would get its first 787 in August 2012, 10 months later than previously scheduled.
Gaines said the company would announce a fixed date when it becomes available.
The U.S. aerospace company was also holding talks with South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration on a next-generation fighter and heavy attack helicopter, Gaines added.
Boeing is also in talks with aircraft manufacturer Korea Aerospace Industries to supply composite wing ribs for its 787-9 development project. (Reporting by Ju-min Park; Editing by Chris Lewis)
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