First 787 delivery now scheduled for the third quarter of 2011

This morning Boeing announced a new schedule for the 787, saying it now expected delivery of the first unit “in the third quarter of this year.” Boeing said that the six-month delay from its previous schedule resulted from “the time required to produce, install and test updated software and new electrical power distribution panels in the flight test and production airplanes” following an in-flight fire during testing last November.


The original scheduled delivery date was May 2008, but the program — which was ground-breaking both in the all-composite nature of the fuselage and the far-flung nature of the supply chain — has been plagued by a series of delays.


While it will be many years before we see a freighter variant of the 787, the delays in delivery of the passenger variant have impacted the air freight industry in at least two ways.

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