Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Delayed After All
October 10, 2007 12:28 PM
ANA (All Nippon Airways) was to receive the first 787 Dreamliner delivery in May 2008
Just days after saying that the Dreamliner would be on schedule, Boeing reverses its position
What a difference a few days make. On Monday,
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
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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