British carrier drops order for six Boeing 787s

Boeing 787

SARAH WEISER

Boeing's backlog of Dreamliner orders eased slightly this week, but that wasn't because the airplane manufacturer delivered its first jet ahead of schedule.

It was because yet another of its airline customers -- this time a British vacation carrier -- changed course amid the production delays that have plagued the new 787.

Monarch Airlines announced the cancellation of its order for six Dreamliners on Tuesday, according to several reports, bringing the number of requested planes closer to 800 after being above 900 a couple of years ago. The airline had said in June that it was "focusing on scheduled flying."

Monarch Aircraft Engineering, a subsidiary of the Monarch Group, will still service the Dreamliner, according to the reports. Monarch did not respond to a request for information, and Boeing spokesmen did not respond to calls Tuesday afternoon.