Mon, Apr 21, 2008
German Magazine Says FAA Has Delayed Certification
As if Boeing didn't have enough problems right now, placating
customers peeved at delays with the 787 Dreamliner... now the
American planemaker is fighting off what it says are
unsubstantiated reports of yet ANOTHER problem regarding the
Reuters reports a German magazine published a story Sunday,
saying the FAA recently told the planemaker of an issue regarding
certification of the 787, which in turn would push back first
deliveries by another three-to-six-months. That's on top of the
latest delay, announced by Boeing earlier this
month, pushing first deliveries to late 2009 -- about
15 months later than originally planned.
There's just one problem with the report by Focus magazine,
Boeing says... it's not true, and the company hasn't heard
differently from the FAA.
"The FAA has been overseeing our certification effort every step
of the way and this is not our understanding," said Boeing
spokeswoman Yvonne Leach.
FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said she was not aware of a new
delay with the Dreamliner, giving the standard response "we
continue to work with Boeing on certification of the aircraft."
According to the German report, delivery of the first aircraft
to 787 launch customer All Nippon Airways would be pushed to early
2010 by the latest, rumored delay.
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