United Says Boeing Delays Next 787 Dreamliner Delivery

United Continental Holdings Inc., the first North American customer for Boeing Co.’s new 787 Dreamliner, said it picked up its second jet today after last week’s unexpected delay in delivery.

“We will fly it around our domestic system over the next few weeks on an ad hoc basis,” Christen David, a spokeswoman for the Chicago-based carrier, said today in an e-mail.

United picked up its first 787 on Sept. 24 and was to have received the second one in time to enter service along with the first on Nov. 4. The airline said yesterday that Boeing informed it of the setback on Oct. 26, with no new schedule in place, and that the other three due this year could be delayed as well.

Boeing, based in Chicago, said yesterday that “final closeouts” on United’s 787s were taking a few days longer than anticipated. The company announced the news of today’s delivery in a post on Twitter Inc.’s website.

The 787 is the world’s first airliner made of composites instead of aluminum, making it more fuel-efficient and able to provide bigger windows and better air quality for passengers. The jet was 3 1/2 years late when it entered service in 2011, after Boeing struggled with the new materials and manufacturing processes.

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