2008-03-23 - Boeing 787 delaysNew rumours on Boeing 787 delays
Neue Gerüchte um weitere Verzögerungen<br /> In the last few days, rumours on furhter substatial delays in the first flight, first delivery and production ramp up of the Boeing 787 have surfaced.
Main claim is that there need to be modifications to the wing centre section. Boeing issued a statement saying "It is a normal part of the development of a new airplane to discover need for improvements, and that is what we are experiencing on the 787. The robust test process in place on the 787 program has confirmed the majority of our designs but we have found the need for some improvements. The center wing box issue has been addressed. The fix is being installed on Airplanes 1-6 in the Everett factory. Installations have begun on the four airplanes currently in Final Assembly. All airplanes after Airplane 7 will have the solution incorporated from the beginning. The fundamental technologies being used on the 787 are proving to be reliable and effective. The material choices and manufacturing techniques for the airplane are sound. Boeing is working its normal processes for developing a new airplane. The test process is working when issues are discovered and we are reacting appropriately by implementing normal design validation and fixes when we find issues."