October 15, 2009 |
When Boeing Co. unveiled plans to build the 787 Dreamliner, the aircraft was touted as revolutionary, a major technological shift in the way a plane is made and in the way it operates. But revolutions rarely come without a struggle. The 787 is now more than two years behind schedule and by some estimates is costing Boeing $4 billion more to develop than planned. The troubled jetliner has also set back other Boeing projects, analysts say, and has left some suppliers financially strapped.
August 15, 2009 |
Boeing says it has halted production of large fuselage sections for the 787 Dreamliner, the latest problem for a delay-plagued airplane that the aerospace giant is counting on to be its next big moneymaker. Analysts have described the design of the 787 as revolutionary, due in large part to the use of advanced composite materials aimed at making the plane lighter and more fuel-efficient. But the design, coupled with a production shift that relies heavily on outside vendors, has put the 787 nearly two years behind schedule.
December 6, 2008 |
Shares of Boeing Co. edged up after tumbling earlier in the day amid reports that the world's second-largest commercial airplane maker may further postpone deliveries of its new 787 passenger jet. Chicago-based Boeing is expected to announce this month that the first planes may not be delivered until the summer of 2010, according to the Wall Street Journal. The deliveries, overdue by more than two years, had already been postponed until late 2009. A Boeing spokeswoman said the company had not yet completed an assessment of its commercial aircraft operations after a machinists strike.
November 5, 2008 |
Boeing Co. will delay the first test flight of the 787 Dreamliner beyond the fourth quarter because of the just-ended machinists strike. No new time frame for the flight has been established, a spokeswoman for the Chicago company said. The 787 had already been delayed three times and was 15 months late before an eight-week-long machinists strike that ended Sunday. Boeing said Tuesday that the program suffered another setback after it discovered that about 3% of the fasteners used to hold the jets together had been improperly installed.
February 7, 2008 |
Delays in Boeing Co.'s 787 program have given the company extra time to fine-tune the plane's electronics and other systems, lowering the risk that it will encounter problems during flight testing, the head of its commercial jet division said. Speaking in New York at an aerospace and defense conference, Scott Carson said Boeing had "great confidence that the airplane will be ready to go as we've scheduled it."
February 2, 2008 |
Two key Boeing Co. defense executives have been quietly transferred to the troubled 787 jetliner program, suggesting that problems with developing the plane could be worse than the company has revealed. In what some analysts said was an unusual move, the two executives were placed on "special assignment" with the commercial aircraft division in Seattle in early January, two weeks before Boeing announced that production problems had forced a further delay in initial deliveries of the Dreamliner.