China Eastern cancels order for 24 787 Dreamliners
Published: October 18, 2011
China Eastern Airlines (MU) has canceled an order for 24 Boeing 787s and replaced it with an order for 45 737s, citing delivery delays and a weakening economy, it was reported Monday afternoon.
MU placed its Dreamliner order in 2005. In November an agency insider told ATW the carrier was considering canceling 15 787s because of the aircraft program’s continuous delays (ATW Daily News, Nov. 29, 2010).
The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that the 787 cancellation was revealed in a regulatory filing in Hong Kong.
Chinese carriers have ordered a total of 57 787s, including 24 by MU, 15 by Air China, 10 by China Southern Airlines and eight by Hainan Airlines.
After years of program delays, launch customer All Nippon Airways took delivery of the first 787 delivery in September (ATW Daily News, Sept. 27).