NEW YORK May 6 Boeing Co (BA.N), which is
ramping up production of its 747-8 airplane, denied a news
report that it is freezing production for a month and delaying
"Production is not frozen. We are continuing to work on all
airplanes, in all phases of production," said spokesman Jim
Proulx. "Our guidance for 2011 deliveries remains unchanged."
A report in Aviation Week said a temporary freeze is widely
expected to push delivery of the 747-8 passenger plane into
Elizabeth Lund, vice president and general manager of the
747-8 program, in a staff letter on Thursday said the company
was gearing up for a 33 percent production rate increase.
To address some challenges, she said, Boeing will "complete
some unfinished work, incorporate design changes driven by
discoveries in flight test and make sure we have a healthy
production line as we move up in rate next year."
The airplanes will remain in the current places on the
production line for that work until June 7.
"This action is not going to change the 2011 deliveries
guidance, nor is it going to change the first deliveries of
either one of the submodels of this airplane," said Proulx.
(Reporting by Lynn Adler, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)