December 12, 2008 Citing disruption caused by the recent Machinists' strike along with the need to replace certain fasteners in early production airplanes, Boeing has announced a set-back to the much anticipated first flight of its 787 Dreamliner. The new-generation composite commercial airliner is now scheduled for its first flight in the second quarter of 2009 with first deliveries in Q1 2010.
"Our industry team has made progress with structural testing, systems hardware qualification, and production, but we must adjust our schedule for these two unexpected disruptions," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Scott Carson.
The 787 will carry promises to give enhanced cabin comfort to up to 250 passengers and its lightweight composite design and new engine technologies will contribute to a fewer carbon emissions, 20 percent greater fuel efficiency and quieter takeoffs and landings.
Prior to this latest revision, the 787 was expected to make its first flight late in the fourth quarter of 2008 with first delivery was slated for the third quarter of 2009.