More delays for B787 orders?


(eTN) – Information was received that Boeing may have to push the delivery of their first B787 into next year, which could have a knock-on effect on orders placed by Kenya Airways (KQ) and Ethiopian Airlines (ET), both of which have a substantial number of the new generation wide-bodied jets on order.

The news was received with some incredulity by aviation sources in Nairobi and Addis it is understood, as the recent tests of the new airliner apparently went ahead smoothly, and Boeing gave no indication until now that other issues may further delay deliveries to airlines. If found correct, the delivery timeframe of the aircraft to the two major airlines in the region, KQ and ET, could impact seriously on their ability to roll out network and frequency expansions and their planned fleet renewal programs.