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787 in delivery squeeze.(News Briefs)(Brief article)

Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney last month conceded that flight testing of the 787 will have to "go by the books" in order for first delivery to be made on time to ANA next May. His comments came after the company reported that first flight for the 787 will not occur until November or December, giving Boeing six months at most to flight test and certify the aircraft.

"It's an aggressive plan but it has substance to it," McNerney said. "Is there room for major glitches at this stage? The answer is no." He explained that problems with putting the first 787 together in time for the planned September first flight "became clear to us in August," when detailed system installation commenced. …

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