Air New Zealand is entering into compensation discussions with Boeing following news the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft is to be delayed. 

Air New Zealand has eight 787-9 aircraft on firm order with delivery of the first initially expected around the end of 2010, with all aircraft delivered by late 2013.

The delivery of the first aircraft is now likely in early 2012.

Air New Zealand chief financial officer Rob McDonald said: “We are yet to determine if there will be any impact on our network expansion plans. We are obviously very disappointed that in the current environment of high jet fuel prices, we will not be able to take advantage of the significantly improved economics that this aircraft will provide in the timeframes we initially expected.”