According to FlightBlogger’s Jon Ostrower, Boeing’s commercial airplanes CEO, Jim Albaugh, has publicly admitted that the company’s new 787 will not be be able to meet performance specifications, most notably the plane’s 7,650-8,200 nautical miles range.
“I’ll be the first to admit that we’re not going to meet the spec, but I think we’ll be able to meet what our guarantees are,” said Albaugh today at the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Ostrower’s post notes that many factors, including weight and engine efficiency have made it difficult for Boeing to meet predicted specifications in the 787s that are currently rolling off the assembly line.
“I feel pretty comfortable that over time we’ll be able to get to [14,800km (8,000nm) range].” However, adds Albaugh, “When that date’s going to be, I can’t tell you.”
It is common for a plane maker to make improvements in weight and efficiency in the months and years following a new plane’s debut but the uncertainty over when Boeing expects to meet the specification goals suggests that the company does not expect to meet its lofty goals for the new plane anytime soon.
After years of delays, the 787 appears to be on target for Boeing’s goal of delivering the first plane to launch customer All Nippon Airways during the third quarter of this year.