By Andrew Nusca
Posting in Aerospace
Boeing will reportedly delay its 787 Dreamliner again, pushing delivery back up to 10 months for some customers due to late design and production changes.
More delays have hit Boeing's flagship aircraft.
- A 10 month delay for Korean Air, which will receive its first 787 in August 2012.
- A five month delay for Air India, which will receive its first 787 in September or October 2011.
- A three month delay for Japan Airlines, which will receive its first 787 in June 2011 "at the earliest."
Boeing reportedly did not offer comment.
Boeing's big beauty has been the victim of a number of delays -- including its maiden flight -- due to supplier and production issues.
Previously on SmartPlanet:
- Boeing delays Dreamliner deliveries over engine availability
- Boeing: 787 Dreamliner first delivery on track, but schedule under pressure
- Boeing 787 repaired wings encounter new composite problem
- Boeing 787 maiden flight reset for Q4
- Boeing’s Candor on 787 Delay
Boeing hasn't issued a statement about its scheduled delivery of the first 787 to All Nippon Airways in the first quarter 2011, but the Aviation Week report cites sources that say a delay is inevitable.
Why? "Late design changes" and other out-of-sequence work that must be incorporated into new production aircraft as well as the 22 787s that have already been completed, according to the report.
The aircraft is now pushing three years late on its original timeline.
Nov 5, 2010
And this the company that has the inside track for the new tanker aircraft when Northrop Grumman/EADS won the first go-round of the tanker contract. The NG/EADS had proposed a tanker that was flying and being certified w/US Aircraft. The Boeing proposal? It only existed on paper, had never been flown and has been delayed more than 2 years to their first customer...