American, United deal setbacks to Boeing's 787 plane

787 Dreamliners for American Airlines (far left) and other airlines were parked on the flight line at Boeing’s North Charleston plant in mid-February.

American Airlines Group Inc. says it will delay delivery of five Boeing 787 jets in response to slower growth in international travel demand.

American announced Friday that it will take the planes in 2017 and 2018 instead of 2016. American took delivery of its third 787 on Friday. It plans to put the first one into service next month on flights between Dallas and Chicago, then use 787s on international routes starting in June.

News of the delay surfaced a day after United Continental Holdings Inc. announced that it would change an order to take 10 Boeing 777 jets instead of 787s. United already has several 787s, and executives said they like the plane but wanted the bigger 777 for some routes.

Boeing makes the 787 in North Charleston and Everett, Wash.