Jetstar negotiating to get earlier 787 delivery slots

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Qantas Airways' low-cost carrier Jetstar is negotiating with Boeing to try and get earlier delivery slots for the Boeing 787s it has on order.

First deliveries to Jetstar are due to occur in 2014 but "we are talking to Boeing about trying to bring it forward", says Jetstar CEO Bruce Buchanan.

He says the airline has Airbus A330s scheduled for delivery in the coming years, but this is really an "interim solution" until the 787s arrive.

Jetstar was originally due to receive its first 787 in May of this year but delays in the 787 flight test programme put an end to that time-frame.

The low-cost carrier's parent Qantas Airways also decided last year to delay Jetstar's and Qantas' deliveries of 787s in an effort to reduce capital expenditure.

Buchanan says Jetstar has 25 787s on order for delivery in quick succession in the 2014-2016 time period. Another 25 787s are on order for Qantas.