Boeing Strike Could Delay 80 Plane Deliveries

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SEATTLE (AP) _ Analysts say an eight-week strike by the Machinists union that idled Boeing's commercial airplane plants during a period of peak production may have delayed the delivery of as many as 80 planes.

The walkout ended Saturday night after union workers ratified a deal with the company.

It also may mean the inaugural flight of its long-awaited 787 jetliner will not happen until February or March. It was initially expected to happen by the end of the year.

The Machinists union represents about 27,000 workers in Washington state, Oregon and Kansas. It voted three-to-one to end the strike that began Sept. 6.

The walkout by electricians, painters, mechanics and other production workers paralyzed Boeing's commercial plane business, which had been operating at full capacity with a record backlog of orders.

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