The maiden flight of Boeing's next-generation jet, the 787 Dreamliner, has been delayed until November or December, the manufacturer announced today, blaming problems in the supply chain and flight-control software. Nevertheless, the Seattle Times reports, Boeing remains on schedule—with much less room for error—to deliver the first aircraft to a Japanese airliner in May.
The company said partners hadn't completed work on the first jet's airframe as scheduled, nor correctly documented remaining issues. Problems in coding and integrating the flight-control software are also contributing to the delay of the 787's first flight, originally scheduled for late September or early October. Boeing says it has orders for 706 planes from 48 companies.