Boeing Dreamliner delivery delay to July: report

9th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

The first deliveries of Boeing's new 787 high-tech Dreamliner airplane may be delayed until July, company officials have told Air France according to a report in Thursday's Les Echos.

The company announced last week there would be a delay in delivery of the aircraft which features a lightweight part-carbon composite structure for increased fuel efficiency following a fire that erupted during a test flight in November.

However, it did not say when it would deliver the first planes to Japan's All Nippon Airways, which had been due to get them in the first quarter of 2011, three years later than initially planned.

The planes "could finally arrive next summer, maybe the end of June or the beginning of July. That is three months later than the last forecast delivery date," the newspaper wrote based on talks between Boeing and Air France executives.

The US aerospace giant last month halted test flights as it investigated an electrical fire that forced an emergency landing.

Boeing said it was developing minor design changes to power distribution panels on the 787 and updates to the systems software that manages and protects power distribution on the plane.

The company has encountered numerous difficulties in bringing the plane to market due to its innovative use of composite materials as well as integrating production in numerous sites.

© 2010 AFP

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