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Analysts expect six months more delay in Dreamliner deliveries

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Nov. 29, 2010 at 2:05 pm with No Comments »
November 29, 2010 2:05 pm

Wall Street analysts queried by the New York Times today predicted Boeing will soon announce another delay in the first delivery of its trouble-plagued 787 Dreamliner jet.

The company is still working to resolve issues with an electrical panel in a test plane that sparked a fire two weeks ago as the aircraft was landing in Laredo, Texas.

Boeing said it will make minor changes to the electrical panel itself where the fire started. The company believes that a small foreign object caused a short circuit that triggered the fire.

The aerospace company is also expected to make modifications to the aircraft software to ensure that the plane can continue to operate safely after a power failure such as happened in Texas.

The test plane landed successfully but much of the instrument panel went blank and an alternate power source, a wind-driven turbine deployed from the side of the aircraft.

Boeing has halted test flying by the six-plane 787 fleet while it crafts a cure for the problem.

Those test flight delays could push the company into its seventh official delivery delay.

The aircraft originally was set for delivery to launch customer All Nippon Airways in May 2008. Now, the official schedule calls for first delivery in February 2011, but analysts believe that will erode further.

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