Australian Airline Still Has 50 Dreamliners On Order
Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce
said this week he has been told by Boeing that the troubled 787
Dreamliner will fly this year, despite problems with delamination
in the wing area and new problems with the composite skin in the
fuselage sections being built in Italy.
The newspaper "The Australian" reports that Joyce was told by
Boeing these latest problems were not expected to extend delays of
the aircraft, which is already two years behind schedule.
"One of the reasons why we delayed
and cancelled some of the aircraft was to ensure that we had enough
time to plan and manage the introduction of the aircraft without
having this uncertainty around when the aircraft could be here,"
Qantas still has some 50 of the all-composite aircraft on order,
one of Boeing's biggest customers for the Dreamliner. Boeing says a
simple patch it has already designed will remedy the problems with
the fuselage. It is still working on the delamination issues where
the wings join the fuselage that cropped up during ground stress
tests last month.