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    Boeing Boeing 787 delayed.... Again.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8115147.stm

    Apears that not being content with an already embarrissing 2 year delay Boeing have let production timelines slip yet again this week. I dont doubt that it is a complex design and manufacture procedure, but this is getting silly!

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    Re: Boeing 787 delayed.... Again.

    787 ...........Dreamliner?

    Literally!

    It hasn't woke up yet!

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    Re: Boeing 787 delayed.... Again.

    Let's not forget how long the A380 was delayed guys.
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    Re: Boeing 787 delayed.... Again.

    Don't worry Eric, im not Boeing bashing. I just wish it was here already and thought others would be interested.

    According to Air Transport Intelligence (which I received this morning) the reason for the delay is that Boeing wish to strengthen a part of the airframe that they identified as being weaker than expected using the static test model. Rather than start flight tests on the existing aircraft without the mod or a temporary mod they have decided to postpone the flights and deliveries until a satisfactory modification has been designed and incorporated into existing test models and production line aircraft.
    Boeing also add that this kind of problem is common in new designs and that it is not related to the new materials being used or their manufacturing technique.

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    Re: Boeing 787 delayed.... Again.

    Considering this aircraft is all solids modeled in CATIA V5, couldn't they have known the stress tolerances for those pieces were out of whack using the internal FEA tools? Sounds like something wonky between CATIA physics and real life physics.

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    Red face Re: Boeing 787 delayed.... Again. and Again

    What Boeing said about previous 787 delays:

    September 2007: "We don't see a high probability -- or even a low probability -- of (the first flight) moving out of the year." -- Mike Bair, then vice president of Boeing's 787 program.

    October 2007: "While we've made some progress ... the pace of that progress has not been sufficient" to meet the May 2008 delivery date." -- Jim McNerney, Boeing's chief executive.

    January 2008: "The fundamental design and technologies of the 787 remain sound. However, we continue to be challenged by start-up issues in our factory and in our extended global supply chain." -- Scott Carson, president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

    April 2008: "We deliberately decided to add some margin room" to the revised schedule. -- Carson said, in announcing a six-month delay that put first delivery in the third quarter of 2009.

    December 2008: "We will overcome this set of circumstances as we have others in the past, and we understand clearly what needs to be done moving forward." -- Pat Shanahan, vice president of Airplane Programs at Boeing.

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