The Qantas low-cost subsidiary Jetstar expects that deliveries of its initial Boeing 787s will slip by several months to 2010.

Boeing is "still promising November next year" but, has also said there "will be at least one day delay for every day of the strike, so my maths says the aircraft won't come next year", Jetstar's newly appointed chief executive Bruce Buchanan told delegates at the Aviation Outlook Asia conference in Singapore.

The 787 delivery schedule has been subject to a series of programme delays and the seven-week workers' strike at the Boeing factory threatens further disruption.

Jetstar 787

Although Buchanan does not expect any confirmation of the revised 787 delivery schedule until Boeing "gets people back to work and get production up again", he says that "the key will be the flight-test programme". He adds that he thinks it "highly unlikely that first flight will be this year".

Source: Flight International