Korean Air was expecting to receive its first Bombardier CS300 this week, however the delivery will be delayed due to some issues with its Pratt & Whitney PW1500G engines.
Walter Cho, president and chief operating officer of the airline, confirmed that manufacturer needs some more time to provide a support plan and that they are prepared to wait. The delivery is expected before the end of 2017.
In February the Korean carrier has announced that it expects delivery of seven CS300s this year, the first one arriving in August, however with the recent delay, the rest of the jets are expected in 2018. According to Cho these delays are not going to affect the expansion plans of the airline.
Korean Air has 10 CS300s on order with an option for 10 more, the execution of which the carrier declined to confirm.
Walter Cho also stated that he sees Airbus move to take the controlling package of the C series program as a positive sign.