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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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Fasteners are the issue
By Doormat on 10/10/2007 4:25:40 PM , Rating: 2
The problem is that you need titanium fasteners, you cant use the same type of fasteners as on a normal aluminum jet because there is a chemical reaction (they corrode).

Also, the big thing Boeing says that instead of 112 planes delivered by the end of 2009, the number will be 109, only three planes left. This is a big deal because it shows that they'll only be 3 planes behind.




RE: Fasteners are the issue
By slunkius on 10/11/2007 1:52:19 AM , Rating: 2
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the big thing Boeing says that instead of 112 planes delivered by the end of 2009, the number will be 109, only three planes left


today they say 109, tomorrow they will say 99. don't trust too much in their talk, especially since you have witnessed how quick their talk may change


RE: Fasteners are the issue
By Keeir on 10/11/2007 2:27:37 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
The problem is that you need titanium fasteners, you cant use the same type of fasteners as on a normal aluminum jet because there is a chemical reaction (they corrode).


Yes and no... The problem is that the 787 got rid of several of the best forms of corrosion protection in cadium and a few other toxic chemicals. Even then, the use of other fastener metals would be acceptable, but titanium is much more resistant to corrosion which makes the entire plane more corrosion free (a major selling point).

Aluminum planes are actual more sensitive to corrosion of fasteners... IE, Steel and Aluminum have a pretty nasty galvanic corrosion issue.


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