Boeing announced today that they would not hit their latest scheduling target of a first Dreamliner flight before the end of this month, needing to go back to the drawing board for structural reinforcement of a side-of-body panel. This is the latest in a series delays, and it will almost certainly push back the current first-delivery target of Q1 2010.
Boeing said in a press release that they have yet to re-schedule the flight, only that it would be "several weeks before the new schedule is available." They're claming adamantly, though, that the structural upgrades have nothing to do with the 787's modern all-composite construction:
"Structural modifications like these are not uncommon in the development of new airplanes, and this is not an issue related to our choice of materials or the assembly and installation work of our team," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Scott Carson in the release.
What's a few weeks when this bird is already two years late? I'm still looking forward, even in this reign of terror of the Terminally Stupid Agency, to flying onboard the 787. I hope the plane lives up to its promise of a more comfortable flight, even if the airlines insist on squeezing us peons like sardines.
Boeing may be the largest plane co. but as i recall, most of the planes that crash because of some "little" design flaw, or ware, come from Boeing. Seriously, how often do you hear a foriegen plane crash?
Structural reinforcement of a side-of-body panel or any part of the airplane is a major and important planning that is carried out at the first stages of the airplane assembly.
Aircraft electrical systems technician
This company really sucks, they are incompetent, and can't finish a job. They cried foul lat year when Northrup won the contract for the AF refuel tankers. If they couldn't keep up with specs changing they shouldn't be in the business of building planes. Now the AF still flies those old fuel tankers.
They cried about how a French company was involved in building parts of the plane, but most of their crap is build overseas as well. what a joke this company is.
stavrohome1...Have you been watching the news lately, 2 AIRBUS's just went down within weeks of each other????
Stavrohome1, you take the cake for most ignorant comment I have come across today; perhaps even this week.
As much as I'd love to sit and pick apart your every word, I'd really rather that you show the slightest impetus toward educating yourself. A little finger wiggling on Google and Wikipedia, and a modest application of brainpower, will do you wonders.
From a passenger comfort perspective, this airplane will offer little if any relief from the agony of flying in cramped coach seats. You can thank the airlines for that as most will surely opt for the most dense seating configuration possible guaranteeing decades more of discomfort for millions of passengers - how nice. Notice that the dreamliner website barely gives you a glimpse of the miserable coach section. Unfortunately, most airlines subscribe to a myth handed down by generations that thou cannot make a profit without torturing its passengers. After 24 years of business travel, I'm convinced that most airlines have "zero" concern for passenger comfort. They'd stack you on an airline pallet if they could. As for Boeing's delay, do you really think the flying public is eagerly looking forward to riding in another ho hum 7boring7?