Third Airplane On Hold Pending Resolution Of Electrical System
A delay in the delivery of a third Boeing Dreamliner to launch
customer ANA is causing the Japanese carrier to alter its
international route plans for the 787 while it waits for the
Boeing reports there have been problems with the installation of
some wiring which cropped up during a routine FAA audit of the
first three airplanes off the line. The Seattle Times
reports that APUs on three airplanes also failed to start, which
required the planemaker to replace them. The delays have caused
Boeing to reduce deliveries originally targeted at seven airplane
this year to a likely four and no more than six.
ANA had expected to see its third Dreamliner in November, and
was making plans to use the airplane on long-range routes to
Germany in January. An ANA spokesperson said Boeing would now only
promise the airplane "sometime this month," and a Boeing
spokeswoman told the paper that the company is working hard to
"minimize the impact" of the delivery delay.
ANA said it still is hopeful it will have 11 Dreamliners flying
before April 1st, but has no firm schedule for when they will
arrive. For the time being, ANA says it will continue to fly its
Frankfort, Germany route with a 777-200ER.