15 Dec '11, 12pm

Boeing delays delivery of third Dreamliner to ANA

Boeing delays delivery of third Dreamliner to ANA

TOKYO : Boeing's much-vaunted 787 Dreamliner was mired in yet more delay Thursday, launch customer All Nippon Airways (ANA) said in Japan. The airline has so far received just two of the mid-sized, lightweight aircraft since September, three years after the first plane was originally scheduled for delivery. ANA had hoped it would get a third plane in December to use on one of its Tokyo to Beijing routes, but has been forced to reschedule after Boeing said the plane would not arrive on time due to production delays. "It is extremely regrettable, but we have decided to change plans," ANA said in a statement. "We will do our best to ask Boeing to arrange an early reception of the aircraft." ANA ultimately expects to receive 55 Dreamliners, which have been lauded as the future of aviation for their use of lightweight, fuel-saving materials. The 787 made its first commercial fl...

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