The previous report concerning the time warp at Qantas over its 787-9 deliveries for Jetstar, claimed to have been scheduled for July 2013 has caused a stir in Air New Zealand.
So much so that it is apparently the reason for this statement a short while ago from Boeing.
It says: “As Boeing 787-9 launch customer, Air New Zealand will receive the first of that model in late 2013. This plan has not changed.”
Which means that the statement Qantas released last July was wrong, and misleading, and despite a number of queries to Qantas as recently as today, has never been corrected by Qantas or Jetstar, for whom at least the first 15 deliveries for the group’s 787-9 order are reserved.
The airline claimed it had an agreement with Boeing that deliveries of the 787-9 would begin in mid-2013.
(The 787-9 is the stretch, and more recently, the clip, as in clipped wings. It has to fly the Pacific non-stop, and to Europe with one stop, to carry out its role in the future expansion of Jetstar) .
But they were never coming when Qantas claimed they were, a claim made in direct contradiction of the reality of Air NZ being first with the jet.
Why did Qantas broadcast this claim, which it must have known was materially incorrect, and then continue to insist it was correct, and never set the record straight on what is a very important item of capital expenditure which it declared to be of immense importance to its fleet and product and network strategy?
It was obvious last July that Jetstar through Qantas would not get a 787-9 until 2014, when Qantas is also scheduled to receive the first of its 787-8s.
The slide from the 2009 Boeing market outlook report reproduced at the top of this post was repeatedly drawn to the attention of Qantas and Jetstar executives, who continued to insist that the July 2013 delivery date was correct irrespective of the evidence to the contrary in the manufacturer’s presentation.
On November 15 we reported: Boeing assured CEO Alan Joyce in July that he would get 787-9s starting in the middle of 2013, making him the only person on earth to believe this, since the -9 is a derivative that is not even going to be defined until a year after there is clear data on how the base model, the -8 actually performs, and that Air New Zealand as the launch customer for the -9 really does come first.
Now imagine for a moment how thrilled Qantas was to note in Boeing marketing chief Randy Tinseth’s most recent briefing this slide (as shown above) that first delivery to anyone is inserted so close to the end of 2013 you’d swear it was really in 2014.
How much longer do we have to wait for Qantas to correctly inform shareholders and the market as to the true situation with its 787 orders?
Ben Sandilands has reported and analysed the mechanical mobility of humanity since late 1960 - the end of the age of great scheduled ocean liners and coastal steamers and the start of the jet age. He’s worked in newspapers, radio and TV in a wide range of roles as a journalist at home and abroad for 56 years, the last 18 freelance.