Boeing ready to help Aeroflot with Dreamliner contract
Boeing is prepared to help Aeroflot - Russian Airlines resolve the issue of a contract to supply 22 Boeing 787 Dreamliner airliners, Sergei Kravchenko, Boeing's Russia and CIS President, told reporters at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
"Look at Boeing's website. It says Aeroflot has signed this contract. The fact is Aeroflot has a problem, but we also love and respect Aeroflot and are always ready to help it. We'll be working with Aeroflot to help it as always to do what it needs to do and reach the best decision," Kravchenko said.
Reports have said the contract for 22 Dreamliners might be put back again. Aeroflot chief Vitaly Savelyev said at the Paris Air Show 2015 that the airline and Boeing were discussing the matter. These planes weren't delivered on time so we're discussing the situation," he said. Sources have told Interfax that the contact might be cancelled.
Ray Conner, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, told a press conference at the Paris Air Show that the talks were ongoing. He neither confirmed nor denied the deal might be called off. He said the aircraft manufacturer could find other potential buyers as it had a backlog of orders.
Aeroflot and Boeing signed the deal to buy the 22 Dreamliner aircraft back in September 2007. Deliveries were supposed to begin in 2014. Boeing later notified clients that the deliveries would be put back, and that supplies to Aeroflot would not begin until 2016.