Boeing Co. postponed delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner, already more than two years late, by several weeks after a Rolls-Royce Group Plc engine blew up in testing.
The first plane will now be handed over in the middle of the first quarter of next year, the Chicago-based planemaker said in a statement today. Maiden customer All Nippon Airways Co. said the delay was “regrettable.” Officials at Rolls-Royce did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
The engine failure disrupted plans for test flying the 787 later this year, adding to delays caused by new materials, parts shortages and redesign work. The $17 million Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 blew up on Aug. 2 on a test site in Derby, England, forcing the engine maker to shut the facility for repairs.