Boeing delivered its second 787 Dreamliner to United on Wednesday, just days later than anticipated earlier.
Despite a statement by the airline last Friday citing “unexpected 787 delivery delays from Boeing”, Tim Bader, a spokesman for the plane maker, said there are no significant new delays to United’s deliveries.
And a separate delay in delivering a 777 to American Airlines is due to problems at a seat supplier and isn’t Boeing’s responsibility, according to both the airline and the jet maker.
United took delivery of its first Dreamliner in September. Last week’s statement said Boeing delays in delivering the second 787 would force schedule changes in November and December.
“Some of the flights originally scheduled with our new 787 Dreamliner will now operate with a different aircraft type,” said the United statement, which also offered refunds or rebooking for “customers who specifically intended to fly on one of the early Dreamliner flights.”
However, Boeing’s Bader said Wednesday the delay was only “a matter of days.”
“There was no one thing holding it up,” said Bader. “We were finishing up final pre-delivery paperwork that needed done.”
A Boeing source said two more 787s destined for United are not far behind the one delivered Wednesday. Both are being prepped for pre-delivery flight tests.