Could the JPMorgan conference stuff any more speakers into its line-up? Jam-packed doesn’t even accurately describe the event, which is running at the same time as the SpeedNews conference in Los Angeles. Boeing's Randy Tinseth was in attendance at the former and Jim Haas at the latter. But if you were listening for confirmation of another 787 delay, you didn't hear it from either of the two today.
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After enjoying a chicken lunch - and strong words from the man with endless industry input, International Lease Finance (ILFC) chief Steven Udvar-Hazy - Tinseth said he guesses that there must "be differing opinions about where we are on the program after lunch". Tinseth did not announce another 787 delay.
Boeing product marketing director Jim Haas also maintained Boeing’s current projection for initial deliveries. Speaking to Flight’s Stephen Trimble on the sidelines of the SpeedNews conference, Haas assured that 787 launch customer All Nippon Airways (ANA) will "definitely" receive first delivery in early 2009.
United Technologies, whose Hamilton Sundstrand unit is providing nine systems for the 787, has downplayed delay chatter. “It’s going to be a great program, whether it’s a week later or another month later, it’s not going to matter all that much,” said UTC VP of accounting and finance Greg Hayes.
Then there are those nagging reports...