Boeing denied reports that its 787 program schedule has been affected by a fault in a composite fuselage barrel section. According to Mike Bair, VP and GM-787 program, the fault had been expected owing to a problem with a particular mandrel that developed a flaw. "We knew there was a problem with the mandrel, which we tried to fix but we should have scrapped it," he said. Speaking to ATWOnline at the start of a global media tour to inspect the 787's major assembly sites in the US, Italy and ...

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