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Further Delays for Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Thursday, 20 January 2011

Boeing has confirmed that it now expects delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner to take place in the third quarter 2011. Boeing says the new delivery date reflects the impact of an inflight incident during testing last November and includes the time required to produce, install and test updated software and new electrical power distribution panels in the flight test and production airplanes.

"This revised timeline for first delivery accommodates the work we believe remains to be done to complete testing and certification of the 787," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. "We've also restored some margin in the schedule to allow for any additional time that may be needed to complete certification activities."

The 787 program has been gradually returning individual airplanes to the flight test program. After receiving interim software and hardware improvements, four flight test airplanes have been subjected to extensive ground testing and a thorough review to ensure their readiness to return to flight. The remaining two airplanes are expected to return to flight in the days ahead to bring the full flight test fleet back up to flight status.

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