Boeing has rescheduled the delivery of its 787 Dreamliner jets again, this time till the third quarter of 2011. Technical glitches have delayed the original delivery schedule by three years already.
The latest delay is the result of an onboard fire that forced the company to stop further test flights in November. Boeing said the new schedule allows it “to produce, install and test updated software and new electrical power distribution panels”.
Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways was scheduled to receive the first delivery by next month before today’s announcement.
“This revised timeline for first delivery accommodates the work we believe remains to be done to complete testing and certification of the 787”, added the company.
Boeing will slowly return to flight testing of the 787 after it completes extensive ground testing.
Boeing does not expect the fresh delay to impact its 2010 results. The 787 Dreamliner was originally scheduled for delivery in May 2008. The recent news was expected by the market for some time now.
Unfortunately, the recent string of delays have made an impact on the company’s reputation with Qatar Airways head Akbar Al Baker saying that Boeing “very clearly failed” with the Dreamliner after the fire incident took place in November.
Airbus has just announced that it managed to bag more orders as well as made more deliveries of planes than Boeing in 2010.