Boeing announced today that it now expects to deliver its first 787 Dreamliner to customer All Nippon Airways sometime in the third quarter of 2011.  Originally, first customer ship had previously slipped to early this quarter after numerous delays. This news comes after the in-flight incident of an electrical fire and power failure that occurred on one of the 787 test flight aircraft in November.

There has been much speculation as to how much impact the November incident would have on a program that has suffered numerous delays and supply chain snafus.  Boeing indicated that four of the eight designated testing aircraft will resume governmental test flights this week.  Further details regarding the 787 customer delivery schedule are expected to be part of Boeing’s fourth quarter earnings briefing scheduled for the end of January.

We certainly hope that Boeing can once and for all maintain a consistent airline customer delivery program for the long awaited 787.