TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's All Nippon Airways said Thursday it agreed with Boeing Co. the delayed 787 jet will be delivered next August, more than a year behind schedule.
All Nippon Airways Co. has grumbled about the delays in the 787 next-generation jet, which has been postponed three times and by nearly two years from the original schedule.
ANA said to make up for the delay, it will introduce nine 767-300ER, a midsize aircraft ANA already uses for fiscal years 2010 and 2011 ending March 2012. ANA did not give terms of the deal but said it had negotiated a good price with Boeing on the 767-300 ER.
Tokyo-based ANA, scheduled to be the first customer for the 787, had initially expected the first delivery for May this year. But the jet has been hampered by supply chain glitches.
A strike at Boeing, involving electricians, mechanics, painters and other hourly workers, which began Sept. 6, has shut down production of Boeing jetliners, including the new 787.
ANA's order for 50 787 jets is unchanged, but 6 jets will be delivered a year until 2017, not the initial 7 a year until 2015, the carrier said.
The 787 is touted as being more fuel efficient because it is made mostly of superlight but durable carbon-fiber composites.