Dreamliner's Maiden Flight Delayed

Boeing's 787 won't be ready to fly until October
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2007 8:09 PM CDT
Scott Carson, Boeing Co.'s Commercial Airplanes Chief, presents Aeroflot CEO Valery Okulov, left, with a model of the 787 Dreamliner during a signing ceremony in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, June...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Boeing's cushy, cutting-edge Dreamliner won't make it into airlines' hands until sometime in October, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. The inaugural flight of the 787was originally scheduled for late September, but unexpected delays encountered with the complex installation of the jetliner's myriad flight systems have pushed Boeing's timetable back.

Boeing engineers are hoping to deliver the first Dreamliner—which is made of lighter carbon-fiber composite for fuel efficiency and offers better air quality for passengers—by next spring. "It's aggressive. But it hangs together. We think we can do it," says Boeing's chief executive of their breakneck efforts. But many industry analysts remain skeptical of Boeing's ability to meet carrier demands in 2008 on time.