United Airlines has told its employees that deliveries of four remaining Boeing 787 Dreamliners scheduled before 2013 have been further delayed.
United received the first of its 50 Dreamliners on order in September. The airline had planned on receiving a total of five Dreamliners this year.
FlightGlobal is reporting the airline told employees in a bulletin that those remaining planes will be further delayed. The airline said those delays may disrupt its plans for using Dreamliners on domestic flights on the original schedule, but won’t change its schedule for using the advanced twinjets on international flights.
United is set to fly its first domestic route with the 787 on Nov. 4 from Houston to Chicago. The airline plans to begin flying the Dreamliner from Houston to Amsterdam on Dec. 4.
Continental Airlines, which merged with United, originally had been scheduled to receive its first Dreamliner in February of 2009. Dreamliner deliveries have been delayed by some three and a half years because of design and production delays at Boeing.