Boeing Commercial Airplane Group may see the delivery of more than 20 aircraft delayed over the next three years due to the Asian financial crisis, a company report says. Boeing's senior manager of International Communications for Greater China and Singapore Marta Newhart said the report suggested the timetable for aircraft deliveries might be moved. However, she would not be drawn into whether the company expected the cancellation of orders. Asked about a report that Philippine Airlines had cancelled plans to buy four Boeing 747s last month, Ms Newhart said the deal was still on. The orders were part of a US$4 billion, 32-aircraft expansion programme begun in 1995 to replace the airline's ageing fleet. Ms Newhart said airlines were going to think twice before restructuring their delivery orders as there were other carriers in Europe and the United States waiting to snap up aircraft produced by Seattle-based Boeing. It takes between 11 to 12 months to build a wide-bodied aircraft. Boeing's senior manager of International Communications for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia Pacific Mark Hooper said last year Boeing had 87 aircraft on order in the Asia-Pacific region compared with 59 for rival Airbus Industrie, giving the former a 59.6 per cent market share. In dollar terms, Boeing had US$7 billion in orders versus Airbus' $4.5 billion. So far, Boeing has 377 unfilled orders in the Asia-Pacific amounting to $42.8 billion while Airbus has 164 units worth $13 billion. Regarding its sales programmes, Mr Hooper said Cathay would take delivery of a Boeing 737 in May. During last year's sales campaign, Boeing bagged $6.7 billion worth of business from Delta Air Lines, $2.5 billion from Turkish Airlines and $3 billion from China during President Jiang Zemin's visit to the US. Worldwide, Boeing had 502 net orders last year worth $39.1 billion compared with Airbus' 438 orders worth $27.8 billion. Last year, Boeing delivered 375 aircraft while Airbus supplied 182 jetliners, giving Boeing a 67 per cent share of the market. Regarding aircraft accidents, Mr Hooper said Boeing, which was fully committed to building safe aircraft and flight safety, was continually enhancing its safety systems and identifying ways to improve training.