Delivering new aircraft on time is a tough task for both the Boeing Co. and Airbus.
Late Thursday, Boeing announced another delay for its 787 Dreamliner, a jet that is more than two years late. Boeing pushed back the 787’s delivery from late 2010 to mid-February of 2011 due to “engine availability” from Rolls-Royce. Here’s a report from FlightBlogger on Rolls’ engine troubles.
Dreamliner customer Kenya Airways told ATW Online that Boeing will delay the 787 by three months, or until the end of the first quarter. The carrier is considering canceling its 787s on order.
A French newspaper reported this morning that Airbus is slashing initial production goals on its all-new A350 XWB aircraft. Airbus had planned to hand over the first 18 of its A350s in 2013 but has now cut that estimate to 10. And the publication reports that Airbus’ supply base believes that number could be cut again.