Looks like Boeing is in more trouble with the new 787 Dreamliner. The latest rumor circulating has them another several months delayed, on top of the initial 6 months. This delay would have a significant impact on the ability of the company to meet its revised delivery schedule, which would cost it a LOT of money in penalties from the carriers who have committed to the planes. Actually they may not deliver any planes in 2008, which is a huge blow to their credibility, especially after the last round of delays was supposed to “handle” everything. It also doesn’t look so good for them after they publicly mocked Airbus for the delays in the delivery of the A380. All in all a bad thing for the aviation industry and my hopes to fly one sooner than not. At least this delay doesn’t appear to be tied to the hackability of the control and maintenance systems.
Oh, and it looks like the rumor is confirming itself pretty quickly on FlightBlogger, the site that broke the story in the first place. An announcement is expected from Boeing before market open on Wednesday.
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