If Boeing goes ahead with the NMA, a decision yet to be made, an announcement was widely expected at the Paris Air Show in June.
Authority to Offer (ATO) the airplane for sale may still come as early as March or April.
American, Delta and United airlines told LNA the slip of launch from this year to next isn’t a concern—provided the 2025 entry-into-service remains the target.
Boeing reiterated this date on the 2018 year-end earnings call today, which included the change in program launch date.
The three engine makers, CFM, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce, also took the news in stride.