The first Dreamliner parts will not arrive before the end of March on one of Boeing’s modified large cargo jets. That doesn’t mean the 787 program has stumbled into problems, said Mary Hanson, a Boeing spokeswoman.
Besides overseeing its global supply chain, Boeing also has to coordinate the transport of major 787 Dreamliner parts between partner sites in Japan, Italy and South Carolina.
“It’s definitely a fluid process,” Hanson said, on Tuesday.
She confirmed that Dreamliner parts should arrive in Everett next month.
As recently as last week, Mike Bair, Boeing’s vice president of the 787 program, told reporters that Boeing was on track to meet all the major 787 milestones. At that point, the company still expected to deliver the first major 787 assemblies to Everett this month. (To read my story on Bair’s latest 787 update, http://www.heraldnet.com/stories/07/03/20/100bus_a1boeing001.cfm).
Boeing eventually will have a fleet of four modified 747cargo jets. The company’s original Dreamlifter has yet to be painted because it is finishing flight test exercises for FAA certification. The second Dreamlifter is in Wichita, Kansas, Hanson said.