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.
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.
October 11, 2007 |
And you thought a six-hour flight delay was bad. Aerospace giant Boeing Co. said Wednesday that it would be six months late delivering its new 787 Dreamliner to airlines. In an embarrassing setback, Boeing said carriers wouldn't be able to start flying the highly touted Dreamliner until the end of 2008 instead of next May as originally scheduled. Most carriers won't see the plane until 2009 or later, Boeing said.
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.
December 12, 2007 |
Boeing Co. said Tuesday that it was still working through "wrinkles" in the supply chain for its new 787 Dreamliner and hoped to deliver the first aircraft in late 2008. There are still "significant supply-chain wrinkles," said Scott Carson, chief of Boeing's commercial airplane group. Parts shortages are declining and there's greater availability of fasteners needed to assemble the aircraft, Chicago-based Boeing said.
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."