It was just announced that Qantas Airways canceled 15 orders for 15 787s and deferred 15 more.
This has nothing to do with this week’s delays. Qantas has been considering its order positions for some time, based on the global economic conditions, and an unhappiness in performance.
This is essentially immaterial to Boeing’s backlog of what is now about 850 787s. Clearly, with a list price of some $160m each, nobody likes to lose an order. But this allows other airlines to move up in delivery slots. The Qantas slots are early in the program.