Qatar Airways stated its B787 delivery plans have not been affected by the latest delay, with Etihad Airways similarly stating its deliveries will remain unaffected (Arabian Business, 30-Aug-2010). An Etihad spokesperson said: "Etihad is not scheduled to take delivery of the first two of its B787 Dreamliner aircraft until 2014. Etihad has been in close contact with Boeing, and the manufacturer is confident there will be no impact to our scheduled deliveries." Etihad Airways currently has 35 firm orders for the aircraft (plus 25 options), while Qatar Airways has 30 B787s on order (with 30 options). Similarly, Royal Jordanian CEO Hussein Dabbas said it would not be affected by the delay, stating: “We were assured the delivery of our airplanes will not be affected." Royal Jordanian, which is scheduled to take delivery of its first B787 in 2013, added that it is “not discussing compensation right now” with Boeing (Bloomberg, 30-Aug-2010).
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