Boeings dreamliner is not quite yet the stuff dreams are made of. The 787 jetliner was meant to start flight tests in late August, but after several delays, the date is now set at mid November or even mid December. Scott Carson, chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes blamed first flight delays on hold-ups in assembly, as well as the finalising of flight control software.
The 787 is the first large commercial jetliner being made mainly from carbon fibre reinforced plastics. This promises cheaper maintenance, and more fuel efficient flights than using aluminium. On the aviation website “Flightblogger”, unofficial sources say the removal of the temporary fasteners damaged some of the composite parts of the aircraft. The repairs, they say, used valuable time.
The first 787 is scheduled to be delivered to Japan’s Nippon Airways. They want to fly passengers to the Olympic Games in China from next August. If Boeing does not deliver the 787 on time, it could be forced pay financial penalties.