Tue, Nov 21, 2006
Has Until December 1 To Make Up Its Mind
Boeing is holding out an olive branch of sorts to Russia's OAO
Aeroflot, extending the carrier's deadline to place an order for
787 Dreamliners until December 1. The move comes as Aeroflot has
increasingly hinted it would opt for Airbus' A350 instead.
This latest development adds yet another tangent to the twisted story surrounding a rumored
22-plane order from the carrier. (At one time,
Aeroflot even hinted it would double that total.)
After going back and forth several times with the American
aerospace company, Aeroflot missed the original November 1 deadline
that would have guaranteed first deliveries of its 787s by
Sergei Koltovich, head of Aeroflot's fleet planning department,
told Reuters the airline missed the deadline due to delays by
Russian goverment officials.
Any Dreamliner orders placed after November 1 wouldn't be
delivered until 2014 -- right about the time the oft-delayed Airbus
A350 is slated to begin customer deliveries.
That was before Boeing granted the one-month extension... but
even if Aeroflot gets its order in before December 1, that doesn't
necessarily mean Aeroflot would see its first Dreamliner any
"The conditions that we reached originally remain the same, but
the delivery time has been moved to a later date," Koltovich
Aeroflot has been trying to decide between the Airbus and Boeing
aircraft for more than a year. An order for Boeing's 787 would
further bolster that airliner's impressive order numbers; if
Aeroflot went with Airbus, it would be a vote of confidence for a
design that the planemaker's parent company, EADS, has yet to
formally approve production of.
Someone pass the Tylenol...
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