Air Pacific cancels order for 8 Boeing 787s
NEW YORK — Fiji’s Air Pacific has canceled its order for eight Boeing 787 aircraft, the US aerospace giant said Wednesday, the latest blow for its delay-plagued Dreamliner program.
“Boeing confirms that Air Pacific no longer is a Boeing 787 customer,” the Chicago-based firm said in an email to AFP Wednesday.
Aviation Week earlier reported that Air Pacific, the official international airline of Fiji, had canceled orders for five Dreamliners placed in 2006 and three in 2008.
The 787 program has been beset by technical problems that have delayed the timetable for delivery of the inaugural aircraft to All Nippon Airways by three years.
“We recognize that Air Pacific’s evolving business model has affected its fleet requirements,” Boeing said in the brief statement.
Shares in Boeing closed 1.3 percent lower at $72.13 in New York trade.