The Boeing Co. (Chicago, Ill.) announced in mid-January that it expects delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner in the third quarter of this year. The new delivery date reflects the impact of an in-flight incident during testing in November 2010 and includes the time required to produce, install and test updated software and new electrical power distribution panels in the flight test and production airplanes.
“This revised timeline for first delivery accommodates the work we believe remains to be done to complete testing and certification of the 787,” said Scott Fancher, VP and general manager of the 787 program. “We’ve also restored some margin in the schedule to allow for any additional time that may be needed to complete certification activities,” Fancher said.
Prior to the November in-flight fire, the first 787 delivery was expected in the first quarter of this year. It already had been delayed because of supply chain, manufacturing and design challenges. If it is delivered in third quarter 2011, the plane will be almost three years behind schedule.
In other 787 news, TAL Manufacturing Solutions (Pune, Maharashtra, India), which contracted with Boeing in 2008 to make titanium/composite floor beams for the Dreamliner, reportedly has been asked by Boeing to convert to all-composite structures.
A Boeing spokesperson told Design News in a Jan. 25 report, “Together with our partners, we continue to find advancements in graphite-reinforced composite plastics and already have plans to introduce some of these on the floor beams. The beams will be used to support flooring located between passenger and luggage compartments.”
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