Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) has been forced to parked two new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners at Victorville, California that were due to be delivered to American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth). The two 787s are being stored due to late arriving and backlogged high-end seats according to Steve Wilhelm of the the Puget Sound Business Journal. The seats are manufactured by Zodiac Aerospace.
Both Airbus and Boeing are experiencing interior cabin delays due to the backlog.
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According to their website, “Zodiac Aerospace is a world leader in aerospace equipment and systems for commercial, regional and business aircraft, as well as helicopters and space applications.”
Photo Above: American Airlines. According to the airline, “The 787 Business Suite, which features a seat that transforms into a fully lie-flat 77-inch bed, provides infinite adjustability, and includes a unique “z-shaped” lounge position for increased comfort.”
American Airlines is still planning to begin Boeing 787 revenue service domestically between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Chicago (ORD) on May 7, 2015. The Boeing 787 will then shift to the AA international network to serve AA’s daily nonstop flight between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Beijing (PEK) beginning on June 2 and on the nonstop flight between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Buenos Aires (EZE) on June 4.
Dallas/Fort Worth – Shanghai (Pudong) 787 service will also commence on June 26 replacing existing Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft.
In other news, both American Airlines and US Airways expect a single operating certificate (SOC) from the FAA on April 8, in essence ending US Airways. The combined company would then begin to operate under the new American Airlines AOC. US Airways’ Cactus call sign, as we previously reported, is also being retired. Some operating policies and procedures will remain separate under the new SOC.
Top Copyright Photo: Brian Peters/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Boeing 787-8 N800AN (msn 40618) at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) was delivered to American Airlines on January 22, 2015 and has been undergoing crew training.