United gets its next Boeing 787 a little late
United took delivery of its second 787 Dreamliner on Wednesday, just days later than anticipated earlier. Separately, a seat supplier has caused a seven-week delay in delivery of a 777 to American Airlines.
Seattle Times aerospace reporter
Boeing delivered its second 787 Dreamliner to United on Wednesday, just days later than anticipated earlier.
Despite a statement by the airline last Friday citing “unexpected 787 delivery delays from Boeing”, Tim Bader, a spokesman for the plane maker, said there are no significant new delays to United’s deliveries.
And a separate delay in delivering a 777 to American Airlines is due to problems at a seat supplier and isn’t Boeing’s responsibility, according to both the airline and the jet maker.
United took delivery of its first Dreamliner in September. Last week’s statement said Boeing delays in delivering the second 787 would force schedule changes in November and December.
“Some of the flights originally scheduled with our new 787 Dreamliner will now operate with a different aircraft type,” said the United statement, which also offered refunds or rebooking for “customers who specifically intended to fly on one of the early Dreamliner flights.”
However, Boeing’s Bader said Wednesday the delay was only “a matter of days.”
“There was no one thing holding it up,” said Bader. “We were finishing up final pre-delivery paperwork that needed done.”
A Boeing source said two more 787s destined for United are not far behind the one delivered Wednesday. Both are being prepped for pre-delivery flight tests.
Separately, in an internal memo sent to staff on Tuesday, American Airlines said delivery of its first 777-300ER from Boeing will be delayed about seven weeks due to an issue with the supplier of first-class seats for the jet.
Seats are bought separately by Boeing’s airline customers. The jet maker is neither responsible nor liable for the delay, said representatives of both Boeing and American.
Boeing spokesman Bader said the plane is otherwise ready. “If we had the seats on time, it would have delivered on time,” he said.
The supplier of the seats is Zodiac U.K., a unit of the French conglomerate Zodiac Aerospace.
Bader said there is no broader problem with seat availability and “this issue is specific to American Airlines.”
American’s inaugural 777-300ER flight from Dallas, Texas, to Sao Paulo, originally scheduled for Dec. 13, is now targeted for Jan. 31, 2013.
American is the first U.S. airline to order the 777-300ER and it still plans to take 14 of the jets.
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