All Nippon Airways stated it would seek compensation for a fifth delay in the delivery of the B787 (Bloomberg, 28-Aug-09). ANA, the B787 launch customer, stated it would consider postponing the retirement of aircraft and/or buying or leasing new aircraft to make up for the delay. The carrier is now expected to receive its first B787 in late 2010, more than two years behind the initial schedule.
ANA: “We’ll study whether to bring in new planes or delay retirements. Discussions on compensation will start from now,” Shinichiro Ito, President. Source: Bloomberg, 28-Aug-09.
ANA: "We understand the need to make the best and safest aircraft possible and appreciate that delays due to engineering issues of the current nature must be solved in order to move forward and achieve this. However, as launch customer and future operator of the B787, the length of this further delay is a source of great dismay, not to say frustration," Company Statement. Source: AFP, 31-Aug-09.