West News Wire: Due to delays in acquiring new Boeing jets that have been beset by production issues, American Airlines announced Friday that it will cease flights between Philadelphia and Madrid for a few weeks this spring.
In May and early June, American said it will provide travelers on the route with other travel options.
American Airlines still intends to provide “a robust international network this summer,” according to a spokesman.
The delivery of brand-new Boeing 787 jets to American and other airlines has been delayed for the majority of the past two years as Boeing tried to prove to the Federal Aviation Administration that it had solved production issues with the two-aisle aircraft.
Resuming deliveries was given FAA approval earlier this month. Three of the aircraft are expected to be delivered to American this year.
Boeing said it is working with customers, including American, on timing of deliveries and regrets the impact on airline operations. A spokeswoman said Boeing is focused on working with suppliers and stabilizing production.