PHOTO: Pretty Continental birds – without seats!

Continental aircraft await Koito seats.jpg

Just because there has been a bit of a lull in the Koito seat story (as independent tests are conducted on in-service seats) doesn’t mean that airlines aren’t suffering the fallout from the whole debacle.

As first reported here, Continental Airlines is dealing with delays to its Boeing 737-800s.

A photographer, who posts photos on Flickr as Drewski2112, provides evidence of the delay (see above…for a much larger view, click on the actual photo). Note the fully painted Continental birds in the background! Drew says four Continental 737-800s “are in storage awaiting seats from the supplier”, while the fifth, N78524 (to the right of the group), “is being prepared for it’s first flight due this morning”.

Hat tip to my colleague Jon Ostrower (aka Flightblogger) for finding this Continental photo!

Boeing recently said it is still working with Koito(monitoring the Japanese firm’s tests before the seats are delivered toPuget Sound) but the pace of shipments surely must be severely slowed

Meanwhile, photographer William Vignes has captured a photo of a Thai Airways Airbus A330 , one of three that has been stored at Bordeaux since 24 December, as it awaits new seats. Thai was a Koito customer. Thanks to Khoa Huynh (@Khoa_Huynh on Twitter) for the heads up about this photo.

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