24 JANUARY 2011
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Peyton Place used to be the “never ending story” for those old enough to remember the series on TV.
Sadly the Boeing 767 Dreamliner has entered the same phase, although Boeing now says it expects first delivery to ANA in the third quarter of this year. The new delivery date reflects the impact of an in-flight incident during testing last November and includes the time required to produce, install and test updated software and new electrical power distribution panels in the flight test and production aeroplanes.
“This revised timeline for first delivery accommodates the work we believe remains to be done to complete testing and certification of the 787,” said Scott Fancher, Vice President and General Manager of the 787 project. “We’ve also restored some margin in the schedule to allow for any additional time that may be needed to complete certification activities.” Boeing expects that all six flight test aircraft will have returned to the programme very shortly. The 787 order book remains at around 850. www.boeing.com/commercial
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