Air Canada’s first 787 delivery slips to 2014

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Delivery by Boeing of the first 787 to Air Canada has slipped from late 2013 to 2014.

Air Canada CFO Michael Rousseau unveiled the new delivery timeline during a 4 November earnings call.

In March of this year Air Canada stated the first 787 delivery was scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2013 and the remainder of the first five aircraft would be delivered during the first half of 2014.

Rousseau stated that Air Canada is in discussions with Boeing over delivery timetables for the remaining 30 aircraft. The carrier has a general sense of where its delivery slots are, he stated, "but we haven't finalised that".

He explained Air Canada plans to begin examining financing options for the 787 fleet 12-18 months from first delivery.

At one point in time Air Canada was slated to receive its first 787 in 2012.

The slip in Air Canada's 787 deliveries follows a schedule change in deliveries of the twinjet to United-Continental. Originally the carrier aimed to accept delivery of six aircraft in 2012, but now five are scheduled for delivery.