NEW YORK: Boeing cut its production plan for the 787 jet after receiving fewer orders than expected from China, which has been locked in a trade battle with Washington since last year, the company’s chief executive said on Wednesday.

The US-China trade situation “has presented challenges for our wide-body production plans,” Chief Execu­tive Dennis Muilen­burg said during a conference call with analysts.

The company announced Wednesday it would pare back production of the “Dreamliner” planes from 14 per month to 12 in late 2020.

“The lack of orders from China in the past couple of years has put pressure on the production rate,” Muilenburg said.

The move came after the United States announced on Oct 11 that it had reached “phase one” of a trade pact with Beijing, a de-escalation of a trade fight that has brewed for more than a year.

Published in Dawn, October 24th, 2019