Updated from 9:14 a.m. EDTBoeing ( BA) said its third-quarter net income soared 61%, but the company reduced segments of its 2008 guidance to allow for delays in the delivery of its new 787 aircraft. The aircraft maker reaffirmed its overall earnings guidance of $5.55 to $5.75 a share for 2008, saying strong productivity would offset the impact of delays and increased research and development spending. Analysts had estimated $6.04. Boeing recently pushed back the first 787 flight by six months, to November or December of 2008. Also for next year, Boeing reduced its revenue guidance to between $67.5 billion and $68.5 billion, down from between $71 billion and $72 billion. Analysts were looking for $71.2 billion. The company boosted its R&D spending estimate to between $3.2 billion and $3.4 billion, up from $2.8 billion to $3 billion, and it cut the number of projected airplane deliveries to between 480 and 490, down from 515 to 520. On a conference call, CEO Jim McNerney said the new 787 delivery schedule reflects "an aggressive plan with normal margins in it." Previously, margins had been slashed. Now Boeing will move 35 deliveries to 2009 from 2008. It will still deliver 109 airplanes by the end of 2009, just three fewer than originally scheduled. Only a handful of deliveries will occur next year.