Boeing Reports Loss in Q4

Company was hit by the strike, the 747 design charge and litigation costs

Boeing on Jan. 28 reported a loss of $205 million in the fourth quarter as the aerospace giant felt the impact of a machinists' strike and costs to redesign its 747 freighter aircraft.

The loss marked a sharp turnaround from a profit of $1.5 billion in the same period a year earlier. Revenues in the quarter fell 27% to $12.7 billion.

For the full year of 2008, profits fell 34% to $2.7 billion and revenue fell 8% to $60.9 billion. Boeing said its results were hit by the strike, the 747 charge, litigation costs and other charges.

"The progress we made in many areas of Boeing during 2008 was outweighed by the impact of the strike and our performance on some key development programs," said Boeing chairman CEO Jim McNerney. "Our imperative going forward is improving execution where it needs to be improved, maintaining strong performance across all our production programs, and preserving our financial strength to grow in these challenging economic times."

Boeing's 27,000 machinists, representing 16% of the company's work force, walked off the job on September 6 in a dispute over new contracts, causing delays in production and deliveries. The 58-day strike ended November 2 but cost the firm billions of dollars.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2009

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