Analysts say an eight-week strike that idled Boeing Co.'s commercial airplane plants during a period of peak production may have delayed the delivery of as many as 80 planes, the Associated Press reported.
The walkout, which ended Saturday after union workers ratified a deal with the company, also may mean the inaugural flight of its long-awaited 787 jetliner will not happen until February or March. It was initially expected by the end of the year.
The walkout paralyzed Boeing's commercial plane business.
Boeing officials have said the standoff likely would result in a day-for-day delay of its production schedule.
Scott Hamilton, an analyst with Leeham Cos., says the company, based in Chicago, routinely delivers about 40 planes per month, so the delivery of roughly 80 planes will have been postponed by the work stoppage.