Boeing is still going strong with its 787
"Dreamliner" program. The advanced, next-generation
airliner makes use of 50 percent composite materials and is 20 percent more
fuel efficient than the competing Airbus A330.
Boeing has experienced delays with its scheduled test
flights, the company today said that the delays -- due to parts shortages and
software programming issues -- won't
affect deliveries which will being in May of next year.
"It is still our objective to meet that May 2008
delivery but in doing that we have had to compress our flight-test
schedule," remarked Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President for
Marketing Randy Tinseth.
Many had suspected that the delayed test flights, which are
now scheduled to begin between mid-November and mid-December, would push back
initial deliveries of the Dreamliner. Boeing, however, is confident that it can
complete the mandatory 1,300 hours of in-flight testing and 3,700 of ground
testing for full certification before the first deliveries.
"It is an aggressive schedule but we believe we can do
it," Tinseth continued.
Photos of the first Dreamliner leaked onto the web in
late June. An eager beaver aviation enthusiast was able to snap pictures of
the unpainted plane fresh off the assembly line.
Two weeks later, the freshly-painted Dreamliner was rolled out to a crowd
of 15,000 people and was viewed by an additional 30,000 people via a
two-way satellite feed. As many as 100 million people were able to view the
rollout via the Internet.
All Nippon Airways will receive the first batch of
Dreamliners. The Japanese airliner has 30 787-3 and 20 787-8 aircraft on order
with the option to purchase an additional 50 planes.
quote: Someone who really would have been "on the team that was developing the network system for the A400" would never say something like this.
quote: Btw.: Airbus/EADS receives much less governmental subsidies than the Boeing group.
quote: The claim that Airbus lacks a history of reliability contrary to Boeing (because of software issues or whatever) is simply laughable and does not even worth to argue about.
quote: There are some EADS investors which are governements.They act just as typical investors - there is no difference to the Boeing group for example.
quote: Don't know what planet you live on but engineers will criticize projects they work on if they are screwed up and they know it.
quote: It's entirely possible the red tape, mismanagement, and beaurocratic BS made development and engineering a joke
quote: Nice try at putting words in my mouth.I did not say they have no history of reliability. I implied that their history isn't as good as Boeings.
quote: And how about the software bug in an Airbus plane that caused the computers to crash and the plane to fly straight for an entire minute with the pilots having no control while the system rebooted. And this was over London, not in the middle of nowhere.Other:http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_19...http://www.usatoday.com/travel/flights/today/2005-...http://www.cs.tau.ac.il/~nachumd/horror.html Several things there.
quote: Cite me examples showing that Boeing is just as bad or worse?
quote: YOU are the one who makes the rash claims here.
quote: Just this much: It is well known in the industry that EADS and Boeing are both competing very well.
quote: YOU are the one who makes the rash claims here.So how in the hell do you get the idea that anyone else than YOU have to approve/disprove them?
quote: Someone who really would have been "on the team that was developing the network system for the A400" would never say something like this. It sounds more like a typical bashing attempt by someone who has not the slightest idea what he is talking about.
quote: and an interview with Dan Rather that I watched
quote: composites can form microscopic cracks over time
quote: I don't think the airlines will invest in the technology to properly catch these micro cracks until a plan crashes, and they are forced to.
quote: if it is not right planes crash
quote: All I am saying is that I am a little concerned. Nothing more.
quote: True, but military grade composite and commercial are probably not the same