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Boeing says 787 may be further delayed to '11

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Honey Ryder
Feb 26, 2004

July 15 (Bloomberg) -- Boeing Co. said the initial delivery of the 787 Dreamliner, now more than two years behind schedule, may be pushed back until the first weeks of 2011 instead of later this year as flight-test delays accumulate.

Boeing is still working “with laser focus” to get the twin-engine jet to the first customer, Japan’s All Nippon Airways Co., by the end of 2010, Scott Fancher, the 787 program chief, said today on a conference call with reporters.

“We’re seeing enough pressure that we just want to communicate a cautionary note,” Fancher said.

The Dreamliner’s entry into service has been postponed five times since October 2007 amid Chicago-based Boeing’s struggles with new materials, parts shortages, redesign work and a new manufacturing process that relies more on suppliers. The plane is the first airliner built mostly of composite plastics.

All Nippon said last month it expected to receive its first 787 in November. Kaz Watanabe, a spokesman in Los Angeles for the Tokyo-based carrier, said he wasn’t aware of the delay and couldn’t comment.

Boeing fell 28 cents to $64.47 at 1:25 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading.

Boeing, which is still running flight tests, has found it need more time than expected to change instruments required for tests as the jet awaits certification by the Federal Aviation Administration, Fancher said. Workers also are doing more quality inspections than planned, he said.

The latest glitch, a supplier’s improper installation of some tail parts that was discovered last month, has further eaten into the schedule’s margin, Fancher said.

Boeing’s sixth and final test jet won’t be airborne until sometime next month, Fancher said. That’s about two months later than planned.

“The airplane continues to perform very well and we’ve found nothing in flight tests to diminish our confidence,” Fancher said. The model made its maiden flight in December.
Great idea Boeing Management to outsource so much production. How's that working for you? Mine as well buy Airbus!
Pardon the colloquialism Flylow.
It seems like a lot of the outsourcing is part of the sales package. An airline will buy 787s, but only if some of the parts are made in thier country.

And everyone is worried about unmanned airplanes. These guys can't even manage to be on scheduale and build a conventional 2 man high tech airplane. :laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:
Great idea Boeing Management to outsource so much production. How's that working for you? Mine as well buy Airbus!

So I take it you think there is something correct going on with this phrase...

"Might as well" may be the phrase you were looking for. Try substitution and let me know if that works a bit better.

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