Boeing is expected to announce that its 787 Dreamliner has been delayed by 18 months, a setback that will cost the company billions of dollars in compensation to airlines, according The Times in London website.
According to The Times, sources close to Boeing said the American aerospace giant will admit that the revolutionary aircraft is unlikely to enter service until the end of 2009.
The Dreamliner has taken orders worth more than $150 billion. It was scheduled to enter commercial service next month but this initially slipped to early 2009 and has now been delayed again.
Boeing is also thought to be ready to postpone or even scrap one of the three variants of the aircraft to enable its engineers to focus on solving existing problems.