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ANA (All Nippon Airways) was to receive the first 787 Dreamliner delivery in May 2008  (Source: Boeing)
Just days after saying that the Dreamliner would be on schedule, Boeing reverses its position

What a difference a few days make. On Monday, DailyTech reported that Boeing's 787 Dreamliner program was still on schedule. The ambitious airliner project has sparked much interest from aviation enthusiasts and has rallied Americans around Boeing, while European rival Airbus has been plagued with delays to its A380 superjumbo program.

Randy Tinseth, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President for Marketing, reported that the program was still on schedule earlier this week. Tinseth remarked that despite supply issues, the Dreamliner program would meet its scheduled first delivery date in May 2008.

"It is still our objective to meet that May 2008 delivery but in doing that we have had to compress our flight-test schedule," said Tinseth on Monday. "It is an aggressive schedule but we believe we can do it."

Apparently, Boeing simply cannot live up to the statement made by Tinseth and the company today announced that it would delay deliveries for the Dreamliner.

The company blames out-of-sequence production on its test aircraft, parts shortages and software issues for the delay. As a result, initial deliveries have been delayed from May 2008 to November 2008 at the earliest.

"We are disappointed over the schedule changes that we are announcing today," said Boeing President CEO Jim McNerney. "Notwithstanding the challenges that we are experiencing in bringing forward this game-changing product, we remain confident in the design of the 787, and in the fundamental innovation and technologies that underpin it."

"While we have made some progress over the past several weeks completing work on our early production airplanes and improving parts availability across the production system, the pace of that progress has not been sufficient to support our previous plans for first delivery or first flight," continued Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Scott Carson.

The first schedule flights of the Dreamliner are now scheduled for the first quarter of 2008 instead of the revised mid-November to mid-December timeframe.

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Makes you wonder what is really going on
By ChipDude on 10/10/2007 1:58:10 PM , Rating: 3
In the same week you get two very different updates on what is arguable the most visable product at the company. You'd think the left and right hand were talking to the head on such a thing.

This is clear evidence that we haven't head the last yet of "on schedule" only to hear shortly after that of "a further delay!"

I think both Boeing and Airbus have radically underestimated the complexity of both the new materials, technology and also diversified supply chain here.

We'll all be flying them old jets for a little longer

By feelingshorter on 10/11/2007 12:18:27 AM , Rating: 2
Well...the thing about Boeing is that they are allowing manufactures of the parts of the new Dreamliner to have more of a role. Therefore, their suppliers are causing a little bit of a delay. Not only that, Boeing isn't training people fast enough, and their CEO is already in the works of fixing that issue. Supposedly, the plane can be assembled in three days if you have all the pieces, with well trained people.

Other than that, as a company, they are quick to admit their mistake to the public and fix it. So the fact that it only took them three days to change their story from being "on time" to "with delays" doesn't surprise me. If i was investing in such a company, i really would rather have them be this transparent instead of waiting six months later just to say "oh there are going to be delays." They would lose a lot more customers if they did the latter than just admitting it quick. I've really got to hand it to their CEO for being so transparent. It just makes business sense. The quicker you can admit mistakes, the faster you can fix them.

The "doubt" that people might have is negligible. Boeing's shares dropped %2.7 for such news that people might consider extreme. As i remember, apple's shares dropped a lot quicker than that with the announcement of its 200 dollar drop on the iphone. Thats to say investors still believe in Boeing and the situation is grossly under simplified by this short article. For more, read the WallStreet Journal article (paid subscription though).

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