Boeing's deliveries expected to drop

PITTSBURGH — Boeing's deliveries of passenger jets nose dived last fall as a strike froze the company's commercial aircraft plants, and that disruption is expected to dent the airplane maker's tally for 2008.

Analysts believe deliveries last year will be considerably lower than 441 planes in 2007. Boeing reports its final count today.

The company has blamed a two-month strike and other production glitches for delaying delivery of new jetliners. The planes include the 787, a next-generation aircraft built for fuel efficiency with carbon composite parts, some of which are made in North Charleston.

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