787 de­lay won’t af­fect Qatar Air­ways, Eti­had

The Pak Banker - - Company+Boss News -

DREAM­LINER: The cause for the lat­est 787 de­lay was a blow-out to a Roll­sRoyce Trent 1000 test en­gine in the UK ear­lier this month. (Getty Im­ages)

DREAM­LINER: The cause for the lat­est 787 de­lay was a blow-out to a Roll­sRoyce Trent 1000 test en­gine in the UK ear­lier this month. (Getty Im­ages)

De­spite yet an­other de­lay in the test­ing process for Boe­ing's land­mark 787 'Dream­liner' pas­sen­ger jet, the ma­jor Gulf air­lines who have bought into the air­craft say their de­liv­ery sched­ules re­main un­af­fected.

The 787, which is the first ma­jor air­liner to use com­pos­ite ma­te­ri­als for most of its con­struc­tion, was orig­i­nally sched­uled for de­liv­ery to launch cus­tomer All Nip­pon Air­ways in May, will now not be de­liv­ered be­fore mid-Fe­bru­ary next year.

The cause for the lat­est de­lay was a blow-out to a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 test en­gine in the UK ear­lier this month.

While nei­ther Boe­ing nor Rolls Royce would com­ment on me­dia spec­u­la­tion as to whether the en­gine prob­lem was an "un­con­tained fail­ure" - a se­ri­ous oc­cur­rence that could bring down an air­craft in flight - the in­ci­dent clouds the ap­pear­ance of the 787 at the Farn­bor­ough Air Show in the UK ear­lier this month.

In the Gulf, Qatar Air­ways signed a deal in 2007 to buy 30 787s, with an­other 30 more on op­tion, al­though it plans to use GE rather than Rolls Royce en­gines.

The Qatari flag-car­rier had been seek­ing de­liv­er­ies in 2011, but struck an agree­ment with Boe­ing last year to have its first jet sched­uled for 2013 in­stead.

A spokesper­son for Qatar Air­ways told Ara­bian Busi­ness that its de­liv­ery plans had not been af­fected by the lat­est de­lay.

The UAE's Eti­had Air­ways has 35 firm or­ders for the air­line, with 25 op­tions. As with Qatar Air­ways, its plans for later de­liv­er­ies have also left the car­rier un­af­fected.

"Eti­had is not sched­uled to take de­liv­ery of the first two of its B787 Dream­liner air­craft un­til 2014. Eti­had has been in close con­tact with Boe­ing, and the man­u­fac­turer is con­fi­dent there will be no im­pact to our sched­uled de­liv­er­ies," a spokesper­son told Ara­bian Busi­ness.

Else­where, Royal Jor­da­nian has or­dered 11 787s, four of which will be leased. The air­line ex­pects these to join its fleet in 2013. -PB News

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