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Despite problems with the new Boeing 787, the company says the jet's debut won't be delayed.
Engineers will rework the prototype made from high-tech composites.
Boeing Co.'s 787 program suffered a potential setback when engineers discovered problems while testing the new jet's fuselage, but Boeing says no delay is expected for the 787's highly anticipated debut.
A 33-foot prototype of a fuselage section was supposed to be used to help gain certification for the airplane's manufacturing process from the Federal Aviation Administration.
But Boeing spokeswoman Yvonne Leach said the company's engineers called off FAA certification plans after discovering bubbles in the high-tech composite materials used for the section.
They decided that the part would likely fail the government test, she said.
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Boeing (BA) is wrestling with technical and production problems on its much-anticipated 787 Dreamliner, leading to speculation the company may delay the new aircraft's scheduled 2008 delivery, BusinessWeek magazine reports in its June 19 edition.
The fuselage section of the plane has failed company testing, the nose section was deemed unacceptable, software programs from different manufacturers aren't talking to each other correctly, and the plane is still too heavy, according to BusinessWeek.
Originally posted by sminkeypinkey
I take no pleasure in this although considering the 'meal' some make every time they can of anything causing the headaches at Airbus it seems only fitting to post up the latest problems with the Boeing 787.
Originally posted by Seekerof
So, in other words, sminkeypinkey, you created this thread to purposely draw confrontation with those who had or have commented on Airbus's problems?
Of course, you "take no pleasure in this
"If you stand back and look at the whole program, we're on track," said Mike Bair, the senior vice president in charge of 787 development. "There are parts of the program that are a little bit behind schedule."......
.....Specifically, one of the fuselage barrels had failed during testing. The barrels, whole sections of the fuselage cast in one piece, are a key feature of the plane. By casting them in a solid unit instead of using hundreds of fasteners, Boeing expects to drastically cut the amount of time it takes to build the plane......
.....Bair said Boeing and its suppliers are nearing a decision on whether to increase the rate it will produce 787s in Everett. Boeing won't confirm its plans, but analysts say the company plans to build about seven a month after the initial ramp-up period in 2007-08......
.....If airlines don't commit now, it'll be 2015 instead of 2012 before they can get the planes they want, he said.
Originally posted by waynos
It seems the test section was found to be porous after baking since tiny air bubbles formed in it and naturally expanded in the heat process.