Boeing chief doesn't see Dreamliner delay beyond January

18th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

The boss of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Jim Albaugh, said here on Sunday that he did not believe any further delay to delivery of the US company's 787 Dreamliner jet would go beyond January.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice-president Scott Fancher had last week said that delivery of the first new fuel efficient jet to launch client All Nippon Airways might be delayed "a few weeks into 2011".

Albaugh told reporters on Sunday that Boeing was still hoping to deliver the plane before the end of 2010. However such a deadline would still be more than two years later than originally planned.

Speaking on the eve of the Farnborough International Airshow near London, where the Dreamliner is on display, Albaugh said: "While we're committed to 2010 I think there's a possibility that the delivery could push over into January."

He added: "The schedule that the (Boeing) team has, supports delivery in 2010... But we have had a number of issues. None that really affect the performance of the airplane but a number of issues that have eaten into some of our contingency.

"What we have found is that when we bring the airplane down to change our test equipment it is taking us longer to install the new test equipment," said Albaugh.

Earlier on Sunday, a test 787 Dreamliner landed in Farnborough after the first flight by one of the jets outside of the United States.

The test plane landed at Farnborough airport at 9:08am (0808 GMT), watched by journalists from around the world, ahead of the major week-long trade show that begins on Monday, where aircraft makers are hoping to secure major orders.

© 2010 AFP

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