Air NZ concerned over Dreamliner
New Zealand - While Boeing's long-awaited 787 Dreamliner has been delivered to its first few customers, Air New Zealand's chief executive Rob Fyfe is concerned that the carrier will not see the plane in service until mid-2014.
Air New Zealand is the first recipient of the stretched version of the 787 Dreamliner aircraft, according to Market Watch.
The first out of eight aircraft ordered is expected to be delivered by the end of 2013, but Fyfe believed the aircraft may not arrive on time.
The Auckland-based carrier has seen a number of concerns and risks due to the delays in the Dreamliner delivery, he added.
"The strategic risks are very high. We haven't been able to fully adjust our fleet to reflect the delays in the Dreamliner. So we have less aircraft in our fleet today and that's restricted some of our expansion," he said.
The 787-9 variant is expected to be able to seat more passengers and more suited for longer routes than the first version delivered to All Nippon Airways.
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