Raytheon's Waco, Texas-based completions arm expects its Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) modifications and interiors venture to be back on schedule by the end of the year. Unforeseen "challenges" have put the company seriously behind, according to Steve Hannah, Raytheon's director for widebody aircraft programmes.

The company blames the set-back on factors including overloading its vendors, too few staff and customer change requests, a combination of which "made a compressed schedule unachievable".

Raytheon is hiring extra staff, renewing its emphasis on defining individual requirements early, improving the management and control of customer changes, as well as "balancing customer desires with realistic capability".

Source: Flight International