May 10, 2013 |
After months of headaches brought on by its 787 Dreamliner jet, Boeing Co. is now back on track and even speeding the production rate of the new airliner. The aerospace giant said it has increased the production rate of seven airplanes per month at its Everett, Wash., factory. The program is set to reach 10 per month by year-end. It's good news for the beleaguered 787 program. Around the world, all 787s had been grounded from Jan. 16 until late last month because of safety concerns with the plane's lithium-ion battery system.
February 15, 2011 |
The biggest mistake people make when talking about the outsourcing of U.S. jobs by U.S. companies is to treat it as a moral issue. Sure, it's immoral to abandon your loyal American workers in search of cheap labor overseas. But the real problem with outsourcing, if you don't think it through, is that it can wreck your business and cost you a bundle. Case in point: Boeing Co. and its 787 Dreamliner. The next-generation airliner is billions of dollars over budget and about three years late; the first paying passengers won't be boarding until this fall, if then.
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 23, 2012 |
Airline passengers will get their first chance to fly out of the City of Angels on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner in January, when United Airlines begins daily nonstop flights to Narita, Japan. United, the first U.S. carrier to operate the twin-aisle aircraft that will seat 219 passengers for the airline, announced Thursday its first routes for the massive plane. The service will include flights from Houston to Amsterdam starting Dec. 4 and Houston to London Feb. 4. United will also fly the Dreamliner from Denver to Narita starting March 31. Flights from Los Angeles International Airport will begin with daily, nonstop flights to Narita Jan. 3 and to Shanghai starting March 30, according to United.
October 29, 2006
Although I certainly agree with David Ohman about the fate of the Airbus A380 and the use of taxpayer money to fund the airport improvements to accommodate that monster, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is not a replacement for the 747 (Letters, Oct. 22). The 787 and 747 are not in any way equivalent aircraft. The 747 weighs about 800,000 pounds plus takeoff weight and will carry more than 400 passengers. The 787 Dreamliner is about one third of that, though the 787 has a much greater range of flight.
November 4, 2012 |
United Airlines landed its inaugural flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Chicago O'Hare International Airport Sunday morning, becoming the first U.S. carrier to fly the composite-plastic fuselage air craft. The twin-aisle plane, delayed more than three years by production problems at Boeing, was designed to be about 20% more fuel efficient than similar size planes and less costly to maintain than other big jets. Half the plane is made of strong and lightweight composite materials, including the fuselage and wings, instead of metal.
August 27, 2010 |
Boeing Co. has announced yet one more delay for its new 787 Dreamliner, already more than two years behind schedule. It now won't be delivered before mid-February. The new delay is largely because of the failure of a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 test engine, which broke apart internally while being run on a ground-test stand at the engine maker's plant in Derby, England, this month. Since that failure was first reported on the website of Flight International trade magazine last week, both Boeing and Rolls-Royce Group have declined to comment on the report's assertions that the failure resulted in parts of the engine innards penetrating the casing around the engine — a dangerous occurrence referred to as an "uncontained failure.
June 18, 2013 |
Aerospace giant Boeing Co. launched the stretched version of its 787 Dreamliner passenger jet Tuesday at the Paris Air Show, saying it received customer commitments for 102 airplanes. The new plane, called the 787-10, will fly up to 8,055 miles with seating for 300 to 330 passengers. Boeing said that it can cover more than 90% of the world's twin-aisle routes between major cities. PHOTOS: 50th International Paris Air Show The new orders from five international customers represents an order sheet worth more than $29 billion at list prices.
August 28, 2009 |
The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which is more than two years behind schedule, should fly by year's end, and the first of the largely composite jets will be delivered to All Nippon Airways by the end of 2010, the company announced Thursday. Boeing Co. also intends to take a $2.5-billion pretax charge, or $2.21 a share, for the repeatedly delayed jet. The Chicago-based aerospace manufacturer is writing off the value of the first three Dreamliners it makes after determining there were no takers for planes that were tons overweight and that bear a patchwork of structural fixes.
January 22, 2013 |
The investigation into battery problems on the much-heralded Boeing 787 Dreamliner expanded to the plane's Japanese battery manufacturer and the Arizona makers of other electronic components. Federal Aviation Administration officials Monday joined authorities in Japan who are looking into the manufacturing process at the Kyoto maker of the lithium-ion battery that caught fire on two recent Dreamliner flights, prompting the FAA last week to ground the plane. Federal regulators have already eliminated one potential cause of the battery problems: The National Transportation Safety Board concluded over the weekend that a battery that caught fire on a Dreamliner in Boston was not overcharged.