Delta Air Lines President Edward Bastian stated the B787 was an innovation that the industry needed but stated the carrier is seeing what will happen with the aircraft (Reuters, 16-Feb-2011). The carrier has deferred orders for 18 B787 until 2020 to 2022, from an earlier delivery timeframe of 2008 to 2010.
Delta Air Lines: "We were not willing to submit the size of the capital expense on the front end of that given some of the delays and challenges they've had. Long-term we think it's a great product. We're waiting to see where it ends up," Edward Bastian, President. Source: Reuters, 16-Feb-2011.