In a conference call this morning, Scott Fancher, the program head for the Boeing 787, announced the first deliveries to All Nippon Airways might slip to after the first of the year.
Fancher emphasized that the schedule still calls for delivery by year-end, but Boeing is raising a “cautionary” note.
Fancher attributed the potential delays to flight test instrumentation challenges, the inspection and repairs of the tail assemblies previously revealed, and inspections requirements from the FAA.
Facnher declined to reveal how much margin, if any, remains in the schedule. But he said the situation is “very dynamic.” This means timing could go either way.