Boeing delays release of 787 Dreamliner again

January 19, 2011

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Chicago-based Boeing is once again delaying the release of a new airplane.

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner was due out in 2008. Three years later, the project is still hampered by delays. This time, Boeing says in a statement the airplane is being held in production to deal with electrical problems that occurred during a test flight.

Joe Schwieterman, a professor of transportation at DePaul University, said the Dreamliner is becoming a nightmare for Boeing.

"This has become more than just a case of bad luck here," he said. "There are clearly some internal problems at Boeing that is going to affect the orders for this plane for some time to come."

Stuart Klaskin, the head of Jetstream Aviation Capital, said the numerous delays have been embarrassing for Boeing and frustrating for the airlines waiting for their planes.

"I’m surprised that Boeing hasn’t come out and said what everybody knows, which is, ‘The 787 is going to be ready when it’s ready. And it’s going to be ready some time late this year,’" Klaskin said.

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is coveted by airlines because it's designed to be more efficient when it comes to expensive airline fuel. Boeing now says it expects the Dreamliner planes to be available for delivery in the third quarter of this year.