Royal Jordanian: First 787 could be 30 months late

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Royal Jordanian Airlines is expecting a delay of up to 30 months for the introduction of its first Boeing 787 as a result of the production setbacks recently disclosed by the airframer.

The carrier has ordered 12 of the type, of which eight will be leased, and had been scheduled to take its first 787 in 2010.

Boeing stated earlier this month that the 787’s first flight would be postponed until the fourth quarter of this year, and first deliveries would be pushed back to the third quarter of 2009.

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Royal Jordanian chief executive Samer Majali, speaking as the airline disclosed its first-quarter financial results, said that its first 787 would be delayed by “one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half years”.

Majali says the airline is negotiating to secure alternative aircraft to fill capacity on the carrier’s network in the interim period.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news