The ongoing Boeing machinists strike has forced Australia's Virgin Blue to postpone the launch of its V Australia transpacific service between Sydney and Los Angeles planned for Dec 15. Boeing has informed customers that it cannot predict the duration of the nearly month-old strike by 27,000 members of the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (ATWOnline, Oct. 1) and therefore cannot guarantee delivery of VA's first 777-300ER. Three -300ERs destined for the startup are ...

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