Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Three years after the initial delivery date and Qantas is yet to receive its Boeing 787.The flag carrier’s chief executive Alan Joyce told The Australian that the airline has not received a definite date but has projected delivery during late 2012.”We’re still looking at the 787 for the last quarter of 2012,” Mr Joyce told the source. “We haven’t got any firm dates at the moment. “I think they’re probably waiting until ANA takes the first aircraft before firming these things up.” The aircraft manufacturers head Jim McNerney said with high-risk test conditions completed, he was “confident” the planes would begin delivery this year. Boeing said the first of the aircraft to All Nippon Airways is due out in the third quarter this year and expects to also distribute up to 20 others jets towards the end of the year.Mr McNerney added that the Dreamliner would be moving into the Everett factory in Washington to alter the schedule and increase the number of aircraft in production.”We understand the work statement, the fix, the work-around, the change that has to be made, and it’s a matter of scheduling it and getting it done,” he said.The move will allow the company to meet the planes backlog of up to 3,400 aircraft, through the production of 2.5 planes a month, an increase from the current two.
Go back to the e-newsletterLuxury travel company, Abercrombie & Kent, has released the second in its new cruise tour collection taking travellers to the heart of northern Europe’s most breath-taking landscapes.From Oslo, guests discover the beauty of the Norwegian fjords on a eight-day luxury cruise aboard Ponant’s Le Soléal discovering extraordinary World Heritage sites, charming towns and villages, dramatic waterfalls, soaring mountain vistas and nature unspoiled.Combined with that is a seven-day land programme in Iceland delivering all the highlights in under a week. Guests travel from the charming and colourful capital Reykjavik to the remote south shore and the volcanoes, geysers and waterfalls of the Golden Circle region.Highlights include midnight sun cocktail celebrations, a super jeep adventure, paddock-to-plate cuisine, an organic farm visit, memorable meals and boutique accommodation.Group size is limited to 24 guests, with an accompanying A&K tour director throughout. International flights are included from Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane, upgraded balcony cabin types during cruise, all tipping except for A&K tour director and the tour is guaranteed for a minimum two guests.Tour details18-day Norwegian Fjords Cruise & Iceland, 12 – 29 June 2017.PricesTwin share per person: from $21,995. Single supplement: from $6,295.Go back to the e-newsletter