ANA bumps back Dreamliner introduction
Just when it all seemed to be going so well for All Nippon Airways (ANA) further delays have struck with the introduction of its the new Boeing 787.
Boeing announced earlier the next Dreamliner due with ANA will not be delivered as scheduled due to a “productivity” problem.
The third Dreamliner was due to be delivered to ANA – still the only carrier to operate the plane – in November.
However, this has now been pushed back until later in December.
Staff at Boeing are expected to work through the Christmas holidays, with at least five more aircraft presently on the production line.
”ANA will continue urgent negotiations with Boeing to deliver the 787 as early and as close to the original schedule as possible,” explained a statement from the Japanese carrier.
ANA had expected to launch services to Beijing and Frankfurt this month.
Following the latest delay, services from Tokyo Haneda International Airport to Beijing will now begin on January 14th.
Departures to Frankfurt will following on January 21st.
ANA received its first Dreamliner in September this year, some three years later than expected because of delays caused by the use of new technologies, materials and production techniques in its production.