Flag carrier Japan Airlines said on Tuesday it no longer expects its first Dreamliner from Boeing Co. by the end of February as a fresh manufacturing glitch is seen adding pressure to an already-tight 787 production timetable.
The Japanese carrier known as JAL, which has ordered 35 of Boeing's advanced carbon composite aircraft, said it is now in talks with the aircraft builder for possible delivery in March. "Negotiations are still ongoing" with Boeing, JAL spokeswoman Sze Hunn Yap said. JAL had expected four 787s by the end of March, but "with this development we are unsure."This means the introduction of 787 to Tokyo Haneda (HND) - Beijing, Tokyo Narita (NRT) - Delhi (DEL), and Tokyo Narita (NRT) - Moscow (DME) might see some delays depending on when Boeing can deliver those 4 787s to JAL. Not sure whether the Tokyo Narita (NRT) - Boston (BOS) launch will be affected or not. There seems to be more buffers built in to the launch of the BOS route but if Boeing slips again, the BOS launch will be in danger. Since JAL launched a special page with count down for the BOS launch yesterday and the page hasn't changed, I will stay optimistic for now and believe the BOS launch isn't in danger :P
Hopefully this is the last delay we see in JAL 787 delivery. Hey go delay those 787 planes destined for other carriers please :P
Introductions of 787 to HND-PEK, NRT-DME, and NRT-DEL have been delayed till late April 2012. Please refer to JAL mid-term management plan for more details.