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Boeing delays first B787 delivery date (again)

27-Aug-2010 3:07 PM

Boeing confirmed (27-Aug-2010) it now expects delivery of the first B787 in the middle of 1Q2011, with the manufacturer commenting that the "delivery date revision follows an assessment of the availability of an engine needed for the final phases of flight test this [autumn]". The company stated it is working "closely" with Rolls-Royce to expedite engine availability, with flight testing across the test fleet to continue as planned. Boeing said last month the cumulative impact of a series of issues, including supplier workmanship issues related to the horizontal stabiliser and instrumentation delays, could push the first delivery of the 787 a few weeks into 2011. The delay in engine availability has extended that estimate to mid-first quarter 2011. The schedule revision will not affect the company's financial guidance. [more]