Update, 1:30pm PDT: A reporter has found a confidential memo to Boeing CEO Jim McNerney outlining five more reasons for yet another 787 delay. Here is the report.
Update, 12:00pm PDT: The finger-pointing begins. The Seattle PI has this report quoting Rolls as saying the new 787 delay isn’t its fault.
Update, Aug. 27: Here are some key stories with details about the delay:
Boeing is expected to announce another delay in the 787 program Friday, Aug. 27, Leeham News and Comment has learned.
First delivery of the 787 of the long and oft-delayed 787 was supposed to be next month, then in December; a delay to mid- or late first quarter is expected to be announced.
Last week’s uncontained engine failure of a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 during static testing and, according to our information, problems with Alenia’s tail construction, will be blamed. We first reported August 13 that the tail problems could result in more delays. The Trent threw a blade, but an assessment is still being done as to the precise cause.
Boeing’s 787 flight test program hasn’t grounded the airplanes but in the word of one customer, it is being “babied.” The flight test hours have fallen far short of expectation and a GEnx-powered unit, #6, hasn’t flown at all and will be at least three months behind schedule before its first flight. The reason is unknown.