Air New Zealand’s sharp words for Boeing over new 787-9 delay

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Add Air New Zealand to the list of customers not mincing words with Boeing over delays to its 787 Dreamliner. Chief financial officer Rob McDonald in Sydney yesterday had a concise message over news the carrier’s first 787-9, for which it is the launch customer with an order for eight, has been delayed from late 2013/early 2014 to sometime later in 2014.

“It would be an understatement to say we are frustrated and disappointed,” McDonald said.

Air NZ is trying to work out when exactly in 2014 it will receive its first 787-9. For now, a spokesman said, 2014 “is as specific as it gets”.

The delay is likely in relation to the one-month hold Boeing implemented on the 787 line earlier this month.

The carrier is looking to mitigate the delay by postponing the retirement of aircraft. Future routes–such as to South America and Sao Paulo in particular–may be delayed.

“We’re on about plan C,” McDonald said.

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2 Responses to Air New Zealand’s sharp words for Boeing over new 787-9 delay

  1. glen towler July 22, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    I guess its too late to cancel the 787s and buy A330′s looks like ANZ have sold a white elephant. I do hope that they don’t buy Boeing again and of course Boeing can’t afford another all new plane hence the 737 with new engine

  2. Will Horton July 22, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Hi Glen,

    Air NZ feels very strongly that keeping the 787 rather than go for interim aircraft is the right step. See here: http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2011/07/21/359795/anz-frustrated-over-new-787-9-delay.html and specifically McDonald’s view that Air NZ needs the right aircraft for the long-term and not short-term.

    Cheers,
    Will

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