Skip to comments.After Years of Delays, Boeing 787 Dreamliner gets FAA Certification
Posted on 08/27/2011 5:42:53 AM PDT by lbryceEdited on 08/27/2011 7:12:52 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
After years of setbacks and delays, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner was certified Friday by the U.S. government as safe and ready to fly passengers.
The official FAA certification was announced at a ceremony at the Boeing site in Everett, just a few weeks before the first scheduled delivery of the airliner to Japan's All Nippon Airways on Sept. 28. The aircraft was also certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency.
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Gee, I am surprised nobody has swooped on your comment to say “Airbus is an American made product too!”
"If it ain't Boeing, I ain't going.."
When the first 787 crashes that plastic plane will shatter into a zillion parts and burn up.
Hey, you’re not nobody. Your swoop is as good as anyone’s.
I’m guessing most of the delay and cost overruns were government induced.
>>> When the first 787 crashes that plastic plane will shatter into a zillion parts and burn up. <<<
As opposed to an aluminum plane that breaks up into a zillion pieces and burns up?
It doesn’t really matter what it’s made of; any aircraft auguring into the ground is going to ruin your day.
So? That’s basically what happens when all planes crash.
This is great news and finally!
I’m a Boeing guy and a Southwest guy, so I can’t wait to fly on one.
LOL...not me. It seems like the common first comment.
Heh, that was my first thought as well.
The guy’s making whoosh! whoosh! jet engine sounds as he runs across the room with the toy model.
I think they should have had a leggy model holding the plane.
Boeing engineered the quality out of their products years ago to increase profits so this will be a piece of junk like all of their other new builds are.
And Albaugh is a flat-out admitted communist. One thing about Boeing, it never met a liberal cause or committed progressive it didn't love. He's the only CEO I know that can openly lose $4B in his first two years on the job and still stay employed.
They were Boeing induced.
Beware of environmentally sensitive airplanes.
Indeed, these issues are forcing Rolls-Royce to uprate the Trent XWB engines. The original plan was 75,000 lb. thrust for the A350-800, 85,000 lb. thrust for the A350-900 and 95,000 lb thrust for the A350-1000; it now appears Rolls-Royce may have to uprate each of the Trent XWB designs about 8,000 to 10,000 lb. thrust with likely loss of fuel efficiency.
No wonder why airlines that can afford it are buying a lot of Boeing 777-300ER's.
It’s not that it’s safe, it’s that they threatened the unions with a new plant. Of course the two are not related.
Watching the story over the years, it appears most of the delay and overruns were due to outsourcing major structural parts to incompetent suppliers.
Or deep sea diving in the airbus case.
Fly on lots of ABs, I’ll take Boeing any day.
“A whole lot of nothing new is right. Another tube with wings stuck on it.”
Nothing new other than a 20% increase in fuel efficiency....
20% is an amazing accomplishment for Boeing AND the engine suppliers, GE & RR.
“Boeing claimed the 787 would be near to 20% more fuel-efficient than the 767, with one-third of the efficiency gain from the engines, another third from aerodynamic improvements and the increased use of lighter-weight composite materials, and the final third from advanced systems.”
As I looked at the photo I thought that the plane was MUCH smaller than I thought.
Do you realize how many Boeing employees are not part of a Union? The Mechanics, and those touching the parts in the supply chain are, but behind them you many thousands of others who are not. Purchasing Agents, Oder Management, Project Management, Human Resources, Safety, Security, Clerks of all kinds, and many others.
“auguring into the ground”
Now there is an old Test Pilot term I haven’t heard in a while. Chuck Yeager used it often in his books.
As for me, I have been working there for 25 years and we DO put out a quality product that can match or better anything else flying.
great way to make fence holes!
between you and me Navy, and having been an aircraft mechanic, I trust Boeing far more than I trust Airbus.
Delay Number 1 September 2007
A three-month delay due to a parts shortage.
Delay Number 2 October 2007
A three-month delay due to supply chain problems.
Delay Number 3 January 2008
A three-month delay due to lack of progress on traveled work.
Delay Number 4 April 2008
A delay on deliveries until the third quarter of 2009, 15 months behind schedule. The first test flight rescheduled to the fourth quarter of 2008.
Delay Number 5 November 2008
A delay on the first flight until the fourth quarter of 2008 due to a machinists strike and other problems.
Delay Number 6 December 2008
A delay on the first flight until the second quarter of 2009 due to parts supply problems.
Delay Number 7 June 2009
A delay in the maiden flight due to a need to reinforce part of the aircrafts body.
Delay Number 8 July 2010
Delayed first delivery until early 2011 due to an explosion of one of the aircrafts engines while on a test bed.
Delays are expected on a very first airplane of it's type. But three years is costly. Boeing will have to sell alot of these before turning a profit on them. But still the breakthrough gain from this airplane will I think me a mile stone in aviation history.
The 787 is really a 757/767 replacement - it will look small next to a 777. But its range should allow airlines to find profitable long-haul runs with smaller passenger loads.
I absolutely agree with you on the planes built in Washington state. But a big piece of the 787 is built in Charleston and it is not the same. Boeing has been in decline ever since McDonnell Douglas bought them with their own money back in 1996. It went from a company run by engineers to one run by rank opportunists from the McDonnell side. I.E Stonecipher, Sears, Condit, etc. Every successful aircraft Boeing sells now was designed and built before 1996 or is a derivative of that era. After the geniuses tried to sell off or outsource every manufacturing piece during the last 15 years this is what you get. Remember the first six of these aircraft wee scrapped because they were unairworthy with a billion dollar write-off.
Mind you, the Dreamliner would have been certified YEARS ago, had the Boeing Mechanic’s Unions not gone on a 9 month strike. You know, the SAME union that thinks Boeing building planes in North Carolina is an attack on Washington Unions. . .
The French Mirage jets were referred to often as “lawn darts”.
A 9-month strike causes “years” of delay?
That must be metric.
Yeah and all being made to look bad by the few that are. Read the article labor issues and strikes. Mice....
That’s nice but I guess mice fits too,
so were the Canadian starfighters, I think the F-101s, or was it F-100s, I’m too rushed to check at the moment, going to head out the door, will verify later heh.
Actually, the F-16 had that moniker as well.
really? The F-16 could at least glide a little, there was so little wingspan on the F-101 whatever it’s called, that it was more a rocket than anything heh.
Correction, it’s the F-104 I was thinking of. It’s what I think they designed the lawn dart game after heh.