BOEING HAS announced that following the electrical problems encountered with the aircraft in late 2010, it now expects the delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner to be in the third quarter of this year.
“This revised timeline for first delivery accommodates the work we believe remains to be done to complete testing and certification of the B787,” said Scott Fancher, the programme’s Vice President and General Manager. “We’ve also restored some margin in the schedule to allow for any additional time that may be needed to complete certification activities.”
The company has been gradually returning individual aircraft to flight test. In the middle of January, four of the six test aircraft were flying, with the other two expected to join them by the end of the month.