22 Feb '12, 7am

55 Boeing Dreamliners "have potential" problem

55 Boeing Dreamliners "have potential" problem

SINGAPORE: Boeing said around 55 of its flagship 787 Dreamliners "have the potential" to develop a fuselage shimming problem, but reiterated that the fault was being fixed. Shims are used to fill in space between parts and industry publication Flightglobal has reported that improperly joined pieces had caused "parts of the aircraft's carbon fibre structure to delaminate". The discovery of the issue in early February is the latest snag to hit the showpiece but troubled jet, which suffered extensive production delays. "In all the airplanes that we built, up to airplane 55 in round numbers have the potential for the shimming issue," said the aviation giant's vice president Jim Albaugh at a media roundtable in Singapore. "It's very fixable and we are in the process of fixing the airplanes that are in flow, there is not a safety or flight issue on the airplanes that we've deliv...

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