Boom in Earnings for Sonic Drive-In

Sonic says its quarterly earnings nearly doubled from a year ago, even though revenue edged lower, helped by a redesigned menu and an updated marketing campaign.

H&R Block Acknowledges Delays on Some Tax Returns

Last week, shares of H&R Block tumbled after the company reported disappointing earnings. Now the leading tax preparation company says it made a mistake in filing more than 600,000 tax forms this year. That may delay refunds for those customers by up to six weeks.

Japan Solves Minor Boeing 787 Problems, But Not the Big One

Japanese authorities have identified the causes of fuel leaks and other problems with Boeing's 787 Dreamliners, but are still investigating the more serious battery problem that forced an emergency landing in January and the worldwide grounding of the jets.

737 Cracks: Boeing Can't Suffer Any More Black Eyes

Boeing says cracks in the skins of its older 737s have appeared sooner than expected. The aerospace company reported that the planes require detailed inspections of their skins after 30,000 flights -- not the 60,000 specified in earlier maintenance guidelines.

11 People to Watch in Business for 2011

They may not make the headlines, but the folks on this list of key corporate executives will likely have an outsize impact across all sectors of American business in 2011 -- from communications to household products to fast food to social networking.

It's Time for a New Pilot at Delay-Plagued Boeing

Given the latest production delay at Boeing, this time on the 747-8, the board should finally slide CEO Jim McNerney out the emergency exit. Ford CEO Alan McNerney looks like the perfect fit, especially because of his successful earlier career at Boeing.

787 Dreamliner Will be Ready Early 2011

The long-awaited Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be ready for service early next year, engine-maker Rolls-Royce Group said. Rolls-Royce, which supplies some of the engines used in the 787 Dreamliner, will meet with Boeing (BA) this week to work out plans to recover from an engine blow-out last month, Bloomberg News said.

Crews Work to Replace Boeing Dreamliner 787 Jet Engine

Crews are working to replace a Rolls-Royce engine in one of Boeing%u2019s (BA) five 787 Dreamliner test jets after the engine experienced a power surge before takeoff. It%u2019s not yet clear if the 787%u2019s test schedule will be affected, Yvonne Leach, a spokeswoman for Boeing, told Bloomberg News.

Boeing Delays Launch of 787 Dreamliners, Again

The already-delayed launch of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner will now be further delayed. In a statement late Thursday, Boeing said it has "elected" to inspect the planes due to "workmanship issue with the 787's horizontal stabilizers."

Boeing Beats Estimates, but Cuts Its Forecast

The airplane maker and defense contractor still expects to deliver the first of its new 787s by the end of this year following numerous delays. And it's facing yet another twist in the endless Air Force tanker bidding.

Lessons from the 787's Late Liftoff

If Boeing has any hope of avoiding another Dreamliner-class production fiasco in the future, it'll need to change its ways in some very important areas. Here are four suggestions worthy of serious consideration.

Boeing sees blue skies ahead

No question that Boeing (BA) has been going through a rough patch. The day I signed a contract to write a book about Boeing, its stock peaked at $105...