By Andrew Tangel
American Airlines Group Inc. is planning to trim international flights next summer because of Boeing Co.’s delays in delivering new 787 Dreamliners, according to people familiar with the matter and a draft internal airline memo.
A schedule cut by the world’s largest carrier by passenger traffic /zigman2/quotes/209207041/composite AAL -0.89% is the latest sign of broader fallout for Boeing’s /zigman2/quotes/208579720/composite BA +0.43% prolonged Dreamliner production problems that have largely prevented it from handing over the popular wide-body jets to airlines for more than a year.
“Without these wide-bodies, we simply won’t be able to fly as much internationally as we had planned next summer, or as we did in summer 2019,” Vasu Raja, American’s chief revenue officer, wrote in the draft internal memo.
A Boeing spokesman said the plane maker deeply regrets “the impact to our customers as we work through the process to resume deliveries of new 787s.” Deliveries are expected to resume by April 1, 2022, at the earliest, later than previously anticipated, according to people familiar with the matter.
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