Boeing has announced that it is delaying the first delivery of the 787 Dreamliner after an electrical fire on a test flight in November.
The first aircraft was supposed to go to Japan’s All Nippon Airways before March this year, but the US planemaker said it will now be delivered between July and September.
The company said the new delivery date reflects the impact of the fire which knocked out some controls and led to emergency landing.
Extra time will be needed to produce, install and test updated software and new electrical power distribution panels in the test plane and production models.
Many industry experts had expected such a delay. The plastic composite bodied Dreamliner is three years behind its original schedule.
It has been held up repeatedly due to problems in the supply chain for things like engines and industrial disputes. Boeing currently has 847 orders for the Dreamliner.
The news caused the company’s shares to rise on relief that the delay was not longer. The stock tumbled 9.3 percent in the wake of the fire on 9 November, but have since recovered.