Feeds

Boeing delays 787 Dreamliner

Six month knock-back to November 2008

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Boeing has delayed delivery of its 787 Dreamliner by six months, shortly after rather recklessly claiming it could dispatch the first example to All-Nippon Airways by May 2008 following a compressed flight test schedule.

The Boeing Dreamliner in All Nippon Airways livery. Source: Boeing

The Boeing Dreamliner in All-Nippon Airways livery.

Some of the aircraft's suppliers describe this intended feat as "the aerospace equivalent of hitting a hole in one on a golf course", given that the Dreamliner's planned August 2007 maiden flight had already been put back to between mid-November and mid-December due to a "critical shortage of aerospace fasteners to hold the airplane together", as the Wall Street Journal explained.

Back in September, and amid a former Boeing engineer's claims that the aircraft's composite fuselage had not been properly tested and posed a safety risk, company execs insisted they'd get a Dreamliner to All-Nippon on time.

Now, however, it's admitted the first flight tests will not take place until Q1 2008. In a statement yesterday, Boeing cited "ongoing challenges with out-of-sequence production work, including parts shortages, and remaining software and systems integration activities" as the multiple causes of its woes.

Scott Carson, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, lamented: "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. We deeply regret the impact these delays will have on our customers, and we are committed to working with them to minimize any disruption to their plans."

Jim McNerney, Boeing chairman, president and chief executive officer, offered: "We are disappointed over the schedule changes that we are announcing today. 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."

The news that Boeing is suffering a few headaches in getting the Dreamliner airborne will doubtless please Airbus, whose A380 has been repeatedly delayed by "bottlenecks formed in the definition, manufacturing, and installation of electrical systems and resulting harnesses", but will finally make its maiden commercial flight with Singapore Airlines on 25 October. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
SECRET U.S. 'SPACE WARPLANE' set to return from SPY MISSION
Robot minishuttle X-37B returns after almost 2 years in orbit
LOHAN crash lands on CNN
Overflies Die Welt en route to lively US news vid
'Utter killjoy Reg hacks have NEVER BEEN LAID', writes a fan
'Shuddit, smarty pants!' Some readers reacted badly to our last Doctor Who review ...
Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box
Phytosanitary treatment renders Vulture 2 crate fit for export
Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody
Cringeworthy, crude and crass jokes abound in Steven Erikson’s sci-fi debut
White LED lies: It's great, but Nobel physics prize-winning great?
How artificial lighting could offer an artificial promise
Origins of SEXUAL INTERCOURSE fished out of SCOTTISH LAKE
Fossil find proves it first happened 385 million years ago
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.