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Tail Troubles Keep The Dreamliner Down

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner program is again on hold due to a quality problem found in a portion of the tail. The company has already built five of the jetliners, and the problem appears to be found in a portion of the horizontal stabilizer built by Italian manufacturer Alenia.

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner program, already plagued by numerous delays, has been again put on hold due to a quality problem found in a portion of the tail.

The company has already built five of the jetliners, and the problem appears to be found in a portion of the horizontal stabilizer built by Italian manufacturer Alenia. Boeing ( BA - news - people ) stated that the planes "have issues with improperly installed shims and the torque of associated fasteners."

nspections could take eight days, and all flights have been halted until repairs are made. Boeing has sourced parts from all over the world for the project. The first 787 is expected to go into service with Japan's All Nippon Airways by the end of 2010. Continental, Delta and United are among the American carriers that have already placed orders for the new jet.

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