You’ve probably seen or heard some reports over the past couple of days implying that we’ve had to get “back to the drawing board” on the 787 modifications.
Don’t believe it.
As 787 vice president and general manager Scott Fancher told employees on Friday, the reports that we’ve had to somehow redesign part of the side-of-body modification solution are “off base.”
On the contrary, the design of the side-of-body solution is on track, Scott said. Installations of the fittings are proceeding well and the program is pleased with the progress.
ZA002 inside the temporary structure on the Everett Flight Line where it’s undergoing the side-of-body modification.
In addition, and also in contrast to what you may have read, we remain on track to fly the Dreamliner by the end of the year.
We’ve talked here before about the proliferation of Web sites and blogs that often peddle supposed breaking news from “sources.” And once again, while there are many industry writers, journalists, and analysts who provide valuable contributions, the challenge is always going to be distinguishing rumor from fact, authoritative from hearsay.
As we’ve pointed out, Boeing will communicate to the public in order to provide updates and definitive explanations of what we’re doing. For example, we expect to provide more context around the side-of-body fix during our earnings report on October 21st.
Until then, I would suggest using a critical eye when consuming second hand news.