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Boeing scraps 787-3 Dreamliner

By David Flynn     Filed under: singapore airlines, qantas, Boeing, 787, Dreamliner, JAL, Jetstar, Etihad, British Airways, BA, ANA, Air NZ, Airbus, Air New Zealand, Boeing 787, 787 Dreamliner, Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Airbus A350, A350

Boeing's beleaguered 787 Dreamliner project has taken another hit, with the company cancelling plans for its short-haul 787-3 series.

Despite being one of three members of the 787 Dreamliner family, the 787-3 was slated to be the last to roll off the production line sometime after 2014.

And while the 787-3 could carry up to 330 passengers compared to the 250 seat load of the mainstream 787-8, its 5,600km range was only one-third of the 787-8.

Only two airlines – Japan's ANA and JAL – placed orders for the 787-3, and both have since swapped those to the 787-8, which is expected to enter service in mid-2011.

Boeing will now focus its Dreamliner project on speeding roll-out of the 787-8, which is already running three years behind schedule, and the 'stretched' 787-9 version which will seat 250–290 across three classes with a top range of 15,750 km.

Qantas has orders for 15 of the long-range wide-body 787-8 airliners, and while the first are earmarked for low-cost sibling Jetstar, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says a 'Red Roo' version of the Dreamliner could even find its way onto “high traffic routes on Qantas’ domestic network.”

The 797-9 has a stronger following among regional airlines, with Air New Zealand as Boeing's launch customer based on an initial order of eight planes. Qantas was a staggering 35 on order, the same number as Etihad, with 20 slated for Singapore Airlines and 16 for BA.

An even longer 787-10, with up to 310 seats, is also proposed as a competitor against the Airbus A350-900.


About David Flynn

David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


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1 on 12/4/14 by VA Beats QF

I know this happened a long time a go but WTF!

1 on 15/6/14 by ILIKEPLANES101

I have to agree with you, reading all the crap in these old articles hardly makes you confident that the info in the new ones is correct


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