Computer-generated drawing of a 787 in LOT Polish Airlines livery. Courtesy, Boeing

LOT Polish Airlines is expecting another delivery delay of its first Boeing 787, Polish Press Agency PAP reported.

The first delivery, most recently rescheduled for spring 2012, has been pushed back to 2013, more than five years behind the original schedule, PAP reported. Three more 787s were expected to be delivered by the end of next year (ATW Daily News, Aug 23).

LOT placed its first order for seven 787s in 2005, and increased the order to eight in 2007. Deliveries were originally slated to begin in 2008 (ATW Daily News, Sept. 8, 2005).

Boeing suffered a major setback this week when China Eastern (MU) revealed it was canceling its order for 24 787s and instead ordering 15 Airbus A330s (ATW Daily News, Oct. 18). MU has placed a new order for 45 737s, but analysts are saying that other Chinese airlines might now also cancel their Dreamliners.

Despite the 787 delivery delay, LOT plans to launch Warsaw-Beijing services next year. PEK will be its second route to the Far East, in addition to Hanoi.

PAP reported that LOT posted a loss of PLN52 million ($18.4 million) on its core business operations in the first three quarters of 2011, up by PLN44 million compared to the same period last year, CEO Marcin Pirog told PAP Monday.

"Proceeds from our core business operations rose by 6% over the nine months in 2011 while costs rose by 4% (year-on-year), despite fuel prices rising by as much as 27%," Pirog said. "The financial result on the core operations for the three quarters means that a loss declined from PLN96 million in 2010 to PLN52 million this year," he said.

Polish Leasing Co. PLL LOT posted net profits of PLN 5.4 million from January to September 2011.