Air Canada suffers further delay to 787 delivery schedule

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Air Canada will postpone flying its Toronto-Tel Aviv route with the 787-8 due to delays in the aircraft’s delivery schedule, says the airline’s president and chief executive Calin Rovinescu during a 15 May earnings call.

The airline had been planning to launch the service in July.

“Since Boeing’s delivery schedule for our first four aircraft has fallen behind, 787’s introduction on the Toronto-Tel Aviv route replacing the Boeing 767 now operating the route is being deferred until later in the summer, and we have a contingency plan in place to maintain the integrity of our summer schedule,” says Rovinescu.

The airline is still planning to receive its first 787 on 18 May as it has said in recent weeks, which it will use to fly between Toronto and Tokyo’s Haneda airport. However, Rovinescu says that service will now launch on 15 July-- two weeks after the 1 July date that the carrier indicated in December 2013 when it announced Tokyo and Tel Aviv as the 787’s first dedicated routes.

Air Canada has been planning to take delivery of three 787-8s in the second quarter, however it is now unclear how soon the airline will receive additional 787s after the first delivery early next week.

“Our conversations with customers are private,” says Boeing, when asked for clarification on the delivery schedule.

Air Canada has ordered 37 787s, including 15 787-8 aircraft and 22 larger 787-9 models. The airline expects to start receiving the latter variant in July 2015.

The airline still expects to take delivery of six Boeing 787-8s this year, an updated fleet chart shows. The fleet will be outfitted with international business class, premium economy and economy class cabins.