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Delta dumps the 787?

10-Mar-2009

Delta Air Lines appears to have dropped Boeing's 787-8 widebody, according to the airline's latest regulatory filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

It inherited a firm order for eighteen 787-8s when it acquired Northwest Airlines in 2008, but has dropped the firm orders from its latest annual report. The aircraft have been excluded because "Boeing has informed us that it will be unable to meet the contractual delivery schedule for these aircraft."

Continued delays to Boeing's 787 manufacturing process have now pushed first flight for the -8 launch derivative to sometime before this year's Paris Air Show in mid-June. Entry into service is now not expected until the first quarter of 2010.

Delta is adamant the decision to drop the 787 from its firm order plans is not a cancellation. "We have not cancelled our firm order of eighteen 787 aircraft," said a spokesman.

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