AMERICAS: Dreamliners remain a dream, for now

Boeing announced recently the widely anticipated news that the 787 would be delayed with the first delivery now expected only in early 2009. “The fundamental design and technologies of the 787 remain sound,” said Scott Carson, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “However, we continue to be challenged by start-up issues in our factory […]


Boeing announced recently the widely anticipated news that the 787 would be delayed with the first delivery now expected only in early 2009.

“The fundamental design and technologies of the 787 remain sound,” said Scott Carson, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “However, we continue to be challenged by start-up issues in our factory and in our extended global supply-chain.”

The first flight of the 787 has been moved from the end of the first quarter of this year to around the end of the second quarter to provide additional time to complete assembly of the first airplane. Deliveries are now expected to begin in early 2009, rather than late 2008.

“Our revised schedule is based upon updated assessments from the 787 management team of the progress we have made and the lessons we have learned to date.

This includes our experience on the factory floor completing production work on the airplane that was originally intended to be done by our suppliers,” Carson said.

Over the next several weeks, Boeing will be working with its customers and suppliers to assess the specific impacts of the schedule change on the 787’s flight test program and entry into service.