Boeing: Dreamliner on Schedule

Firm grappling with supply issues; will still deliver 1st in late '08
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2007 3:25 PM CST
A visitor holds up a U.S. flag as he views the first production model of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane after it was unveiled to an audience of several thousand employees, airline executives,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Boeing said today that it remains committed to delivering 109 Dreamliners by the end of 2009 despite persistent supply-chain problems, the Chicago Tribune reports. Although the aviation giant expects to eventually be able to produce one plane in 3 days, the first six—which will be used for test flights—won’t be finished until the second quarter of 2008.

The 787 Dreamliner is the first Boeing plane to use a far-flung network of suppliers who produce large components that snap together. Although more than 75% of suppliers are having trouble meeting Boeing’s standards, the company is optimistic: "Our ramp up is aggressive, but we have not found any fundamental flaws to say it's not doable," said one exec.