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Boeing Co to reduce production of jetliners

BOEING Co plans to scale back production of some of its jetliners next year as the global economic crisis further saps demand for commercial aircraft, a move expected to result in fresh job cuts.

Boeing has been hit by sharply lower orders for commercial planes this year as world economic problems intensify and air travel wanes. Airlines have cut flights and some have delayed orders and deliveries of new jets. Tighter credit markets have made it more difficult for potential buyers to get loans for new planes.

The Chicago-based company said on Thursday that it will reduce monthly production of its twin-aisle 777 to five airplanes from seven starting in June 2010. Boeing also said it will delay earlier plans to slightly increase production of its 747-8 and 767 planes.

Boeing expects the changes will result in an unspecified number of new job cuts, said Jim Proulx, a company spokesman. In January, Boeing announced plans to cut 10,000 jobs after reporting a surprise loss for the fourth quarter of 2008.

Production schedules for Boeing's 737, the world's best-selling commercial jet, and its long-awaited 787 - a strong-selling aircraft built for fuel efficiency - remain unchanged.

Boeing said the production cuts reflect requests by customers to delay deliveries.


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