United Airlines is facing the delays in delivery of their new 787 Dreamliners with more cuts to the previously announced schedule. The company initially expected to have two planes in service by this weekend, allowing them to operate eight daily flights with the new type. Instead they have only one. The good news is that the one received FAA authorization to operate in commercial service this week. But the delays in receiving the other planes are resulting in many schedule changes.
The previously announced changes only affected the domestic routes scheduled to operate through late November. Today’s expected change – again from the generally reliable @AirlineRoute – sees the scheduled service between Houston and Amsterdam on the cutting block. That service will now not be changed to the 787 until February 2013.
The delivery delays may still affect other routes the 787 is scheduled to fly on. Boeing is saying that they don’t expect any more delays in delivery, despite such a suggestion from a United spokesperson. Keep your eyes and ears open as the situation continues to develop.
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