Yesterday Boeing announced that the planned delivery of the first Dreamliner to Japanese airline All Nippon would be delayed from the end of this year to early 2011. Boeing attributed the setback--its sixth, according to Business Week--to engine maker Rolls Royce, saying that there are problems with engine availability. "Are there now more unknowns that can trigger another unexpected delay? That is the question," an analyst told BW.
Are there ever! Digging through the trash outside Boeing HQ, we found a memo written by a staffer to company CEO W. James McNerney, Jr. detailing other issues that could push the Dreamliner's first commercial flight well beyond the next presidential election.1) All available flight attendant outfit options are too plain to be worn on a jet called the Dreamliner.
2) Thanks to a gloomy Pacific Northwest summer, everybody at Boeing is just too mired in Seasonal Affective Disorder to actually box up the plane and get it delivered.
3) The delivery pilot recently watched "Snakes on a Plane" and has developed a crippling fear of flying.
4) The Charleston RiverDogs, the minor league baseball team in the South Carolina city where the Dreamliners will be assembled, is expected to have the best season in its history next year. Plant worker "sick days" will skyrocket.
5) The Alaska Way Viaduct (the memo didn't say what this had to do with the plane, but apparently it's the scapegoat for everything these days.)