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American’s new Dreamliner won’t be ready until next year

Passengers hoping to take a trip on American Airlines’ new Dreamliner will have to wait a few months longer.

The Fort Worth-based carrier confirmed that the delivery schedule for its new Boeing 787-800 has slipped by a few months. The new aircraft was supposed to be delivered in November but now won’t be ready until the first quarter of 2015.

“As with any first delivery of a new fleet type, there are a number of things that have to be coordinated before it is introduced to ensure we deliver a state-of-the-art product for our employees and customers,” said American spokesman Matt Miller.

Initially, the aircraft will be used on hub-to-hub domestic routes so crew members and ground workers can get used to the new aircraft. Miller said the 787 will start carrying paying customers in the second quarter and after a few weeks of domestic flying will be shifted for use on its international routes.

American has 42 Boeing 787s on order but has not revealed how many will be the 787-800 or the 787-900 version of the aircraft.

This is not the first time that the delivery scheduled for the 787 has slid. When American first announced its Dreamliner order in October 2008, the aircraft was initially scheduled for delivery in 2012. But production issues delayed the first Dreamliners that Boeing was building for launch customer All-Nippon Airways. American and Boeing renegotiated their contract with American’s first 787 scheduled to be ready by the end of this year.

Andrea Ahles, 817-390-7631

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