Boeing has confirmed that it now expects the
first 787 Dreamliner flight to take place before the end of 2009
and the first delivery to occur in the fourth quarter of 2010.
The new schedule reflects the previously
announced need to reinforce an area within the side-of-body
section of the aircraft, along with the addition of several weeks
of schedule margin to reduce flight test and certification risk.
The company is now aiming for a production rate of 10 airplanes
per month in late 2013.
"This new schedule provides us
the time needed to complete the remaining work necessary to put
the 787's game-changing capability in the hands of our customers,"
said Boeing Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim
McNerney. "The design details and implementation plan are nearly
complete, and the team is preparing airplanes for modification and
recorded for the first three flight-test airplanes have also been
reclassified from program inventory to research and development
expense, resulting in an estimated non-cash charge of $2.5 billion
pre-tax, or $2.21 per share, against third-quarter results.
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