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All Nippon Airways chief denies delay on Dreamliner deliverynews
17 May 2007

Copenhagen, Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark: Boeing's long-awaited 7E7 Dreamliner will be delivered on time, according to Mineo Yamamoto, president and chief executive of Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA). Yamamoto said that his airline and Boeing are in regular touch, and so far, there had been no talk about delays at Boeing's end.

Boeing has stressed repeatedly that the prestigious 7E7 Dreamliner programme has not suffered from any delays, and that it would meet the all-important delivery commitment to ANA, its launch customer.

"There has been no talk about delays or anything like that," Yamamoto said in an interview Monday in Copenhagen, Denmark with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

After a series of proving flights, Yamamoto said, the airline would probably start passenger service within a couple of months of the first delivery of the plane.

ANA placed a firm order for 50 7E7s in April 2004, worth approximately $6bn at list prices, which was the largest launch order in history for a new Boeing commercial jet.

ANA has also been the launch customer for Boeing's 767 and 777 programmes as well.

There has been increasing speculation in the industry regarding delays with the Dreamliner programme, in part fueled by Airbus COO, customers, John Leahy, who openly speculated that the project was headed for delays (See: Airbus COO: Boeing's 787 Dreamliner may face delays).

ANA is due to pick up its first 7E7 Dreamliner next May.

According to Yamamoto, Boeing has been transparent in its relationship with the carrier, providing regular updates on technical issues that still require resolution, such as weight. In the case of Airbus' A380 super jumbo, its delays came as a rude surprise to many of its customers.

On the weight issue, Boeing had said last year that the Dreamliner was overweight by about 2.5 tons. The problem, according to Boeing, is being addressed and the first plane delivered to ANA, which will also be the seventh assembled, will be at the proper weight.

Boeing has said that it won't know how much the Dreamliner will actually weigh until the first plane is assembled.

"Of course weight is an issue," Yamamoto said. "But I'm sure we will get over that working together. There are many technical issues that we are working on as part of the programme."


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All Nippon Airways chief denies delay on Dreamliner delivery