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Dreamliner Glitch Won't Impact Output: Boeing

Sunday, 12 Feb 2012 | 9:52 PM ET
A Boeing 787 Dreamliner lands after its long-waited first flight.
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A Boeing 787 Dreamliner lands after its long-waited first flight.

Boeing says the latest glitch in the Dreamliner won't slow production and the company is still on track to boost output fourfold to 10 aircraft by the end of next year.

"We have identified the problem, we are going through inspection on the airplane and we have actually started some of the repairs, and frankly it is an issue that will be able to be repaired in days not weeks," Randy Tinseth, Vice President of Marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes told CNBC on Monday on the sidelines of the Singapore Airshow.

Tinseth said the problems had to do with shims on the back part of the fuselage. Shims are used to close tiny gaps in joints. He added that other work on the planes could go on, while the issue was being fixed.

787 Glitch to Take Days to Fix: Boeing
Randy Tinseth, Vice President of Marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes says the latest glitch with the 787 Dreamliner aircraft will take days, not weeks, to fix.

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is the first commercial plane made largely of lightweight carbon composites and has faced numerous delays because of production issues and supply chain problem.

Last week, Japan Airlines said it no longer expects its first Dreamliner from Boeing by the end of February because the new glitch added to an already tight production timetable.

But Tinseth said Boeing had already ramped up monthly production to two-and-a-half from two in January. He said Boeing would increase the figure to three-and-a-half by the second quarter and 10 by the end of 2013.

- Reuters contributed to this report

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