We are back to share new information regarding Boeings 787 Dreamliner’s much anticipated debut, make that, delayed debut. We first introduced the 787 Dreamliner back in July. The 787 Dreamliner is special to us, because it’s the world’s first airplane to be composed mostly of carbon fiber. This is the 7th delay for the 787 Dreamliner and assuming only a six-month delay, the jet will be three years and three months later than originally promised to the first customer, All Nippon Airways (ANA), of Japan.
While some people pose questions regarding the airlines use of composite materials, others are pointing fingers at Boeing for their use of outsourcing. Both the design and manufacturing aspects of this aircraft have been outsourced, causing them to lose complete control of the development process. Boeing did this primarily to place the economic risk onto the suppliers. The use of composite material, carbon fiber, is so new, that real life circumstances cant be predicted as precise as they normally can when using aluminum.
Boeing needs FAA certification upon first delivery to satisfy its customers. But the agency wants stringent, potentially extended, testing before it will certify the plane to fly long-range routes far from available landing facilities.
To try to assure that Boeing can meet its newly announced timetable, the seventh revision, Dreamliner program Chief Scott Fancher said in a statement he has
“restored some margin in the schedule to allow for any additional time that may be needed to complete certification activities.”
One day we hope that these fuel-efficient, light-weight, carbon fiber composed airline machines, will change air travel all together. But for now, we have to continue with our wait. Continue to check back with the blog and we’ll make sure to keep you updated on Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.
[Source: Daily Finance]