Awaiting delivery of 787 jets, American Airlines cut more schedules

Due to Boeing Co’s (BA.N) delays in delivering 787 Dreamliner jets, American Airlines Group Inc announced on Friday that it expects to significantly reduce its summer schedule.

The Texas-based carrier said in a regulatory filing that it now expects to receive only 10 Dreamliner jets this year, down from 13 previously projected. The remaining jets will be delivered next year, according to the company.

As a result, American announced that flights between Seattle and London, Los Angeles and Sydney, and Dallas and Santiago will be temporarily suspended. In addition, the airline will delay the commencement of service between Dallas and Tel Aviv and cut the number of flights between Miami and So Paulo to one per day.

In December, the airline revealed plans to abandon, limit, or postpone the launch of flights to a number of overseas destinations, including Hong Kong, citing delays in the delivery of the 787s as a reason.

Last month, the media reported that 787 deliveries are anticipated to be halted for months as US regulators examine repairs and inspections related to structural issues in the planes.

The first shipment was supposed to arrive in April, according to American. The timetable, according to Boeing, will be determined by the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States.

Last month, the Chicago-based planemaker announced a pre-tax non-cash penalty of $3.5 billion related to 787 supply delays and client concessions.

The 787 Dreamliner jets remain a “essential” part of American’s fleet, according to the document, and Boeing will pay it for the delivery delays.

The carrier stated last month that continued delays in 787 deliveries have increased its cost strain.

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