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SIA says Boeing plans still on

By: Alethia Tiang, Singapore
Published: Feb 13, 2012

SINGAPORE AIRLINES    BOEING    SOURCING

Singapore – Singapore Airlines is still planning the delivery of 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliners ordered in 2006 with the plane maker, despite manufacturing issues reported. 

Last week, Boeing reported a manufacturing fault in its new Dreamliners, which caused delamination in the carbon fibre composite structure.

The aircraft was flown in to Singapore over the weekend and is set to be a hit at the Singapore Airshow this week, The Economic Times reported.

A Singapore Airlines spokesperson told My Paper that the company would remain in discussions with Boeing on the delivery dates of their aircraft.

At a media briefing prior to the Singapore Airshow, Mark Jenks, vice-president of the Boeing 787 development team said the reported manufacturing issue was unlikely to affect its plans to increase production of its Dreamliner jets.

"Clearly it's frustrating, and we'd rather it not happen. We've really moved from some things that early on hit us that really were sort of unusual with the new technology, now to these kinds of things which really aren't that different from the problems we always have to face when we ramp up production," he told My Paper.

Airlines have not been deterred from continuing Dreamliner purchases with Boeing. The aircraft manufacturers have received 870 orders from 59 airlines, CNBC reported.

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