Boeing Says IF It Happens, It Would Only Be "A Few
Weeks" Into The New Year
The head of Boeing's 787 program said in a Friday conference
call with reporters that, while the company still plans to get the
Dreamliner to their launch customer late in 2010, the delivery
could slip "a few weeks" into 2011.
Scott Fancher said ANA, which is scheduled to get the first of
the new airliners, is being kept in the loop on the delivery
schedule. The Chicago Tribune reports that Fancher said the
potential delay is due in part to inspections and fixes necessary
to address several production issues in planes that have already
been built. Fancher did say that the most recent problem, which was
discovered in the horizontal stabilizer, has been resolved, and all
five Dreamliners in the test program are again flying.
Fancher said the flight test program was going somewhat slower
than anticipated because each airplane has to be fitted with new
test instruments as the program proceeds, which is taking longer
than planned. But he said the design of the Dreamliner is not among
the issues that could delay the delivery.