Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) according to Bloomberg “is struggling to find buyers for 11 of its earliest 787 Dreamliners valued at $1.1 billion after two airlines dropped orders for the holdover models from the jet’s troubled birth.”
The partially built 787s, now sitting unfinished at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, are known as the “terrible teens” (due to the line numbers). The undelivered aircraft start at line number 10. The “terrible teens” weight more than the current production and flying 787s and will not be able to fly as far if they are finished and delivered to a willing customer looking for a bargain. Most have been parked for around four years according to the report.
Garuda Indonesia is reportedly considering buying the under-performing “terrible teens” according to the report.
The 11 aircraft were originally destined for Lion Air, RwandAir and Transaero Airlines.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Most of the “terrible teens” are sitting in a sealed manner like the pictured Air India 787-8 VT-ANB (msn 37274, line number 26) once did. VT-ANB was just delivered to Air India on January 31, 2014.
Boeing (Chicago), International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) and AeroMexico (Mexico City) on August 15 celebrated the first delivery of the 787 Dreamliner. AeroMexico is leasing the aircraft from ILFC.
The pictured 787-8 N961AM was delivered from Boeing’s Paine Field (PAE), Everett, Washington, delivery center on August 15. N961AM took off for Mexico City yesterday (August 16).
N961AM is the first of nine 787-8 airplanes that AeroMexico will operate, including five on lease from ILFC. The airline will operate a total of 19 Dreamliners, including 10 787-9 models ordered in 2012.
AeroMexico’s 787 Dreamliners will be configured with 32 Clase Premier lie-flat seats and 211 seats in economy class.
AeroMexico is the second 787 customer to take delivery of an airplane leased through ILFC.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N961AM (msn 35306) taxies off the runway at PAE.
Air Canada (Montreal) yesterday (October 1) unveiled a fleet plan providing for international growth at both the mainline carrier and its new low-cost leisure airline to be launched in 2013.
Air Canada will add two new Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft to the mainline carrier’s widebody fleet in order to pursue strategic growth opportunities for its international network. With the addition of these two aircraft, to be delivered in June and September 2013, Air Canada’s Boeing 777 fleet will consist of 20 aircraft comprising the latest generation of 300 ER and 200 LR models. Air Canada currently operates 56 widebody aircraft and 149 narrowbody aircraft.
The arrival of these new Boeing 777s, along with the 787 Dreamliners in 2014, will allow AC to introduce new routes for the mainline carrier and release aircraft from the existing fleet to the new low-cost leisure carrier. Air Canada’s mainline carrier will continue to grow internationally as it launches new routes, while the leisure carrier will pursue opportunities in markets where we are not adequately cost competitive under the mainline brand, according to the carrier.
On September 20, 2012, Air Canada announced that it will hire more than 900 employees over the next 12 months to meet its planned workforce requirements at the main airline. In addition, 200 new jobs will be created for flight attendants and pilots at the airline’s new leisure carrier.
New international services to be introduced with the addition of two Boeing 777 aircraft at the main network carrier will be announced at a future date, as will further details of its leisure carrier low cost unit.
Consistent with Air Canada’s focus on pursuing international growth opportunities and its on-going cost transformation initiatives, the airline and Sky Regional Airlines, Inc. (Air Canada Express) (Toronto) have agreed to the transfer of 15 Embraer 175 aircraft, the smallest aircraft in Air Canada’s fleet, from Air Canada to Sky Regional to operate the aircraft on behalf of Air Canada under the capacity purchase agreement between the parties. The aircraft will continue to be operated on short-haul regional routes, primarily from Toronto and Montreal to destinations in the northeast United States, under the Air Canada Express banner. The transfer of the 15 regional aircraft is expected to be made between February and June 2013. The agreement is subject to a number of conditions. Sky Regional has operated Air Canada Express service between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Montreal Trudeau Airport since May 2011. In addition to Sky Regional, Air Canada has capacity purchase agreements with its other regional airline partners, Jazz, Air Georgian and EVAS, that operate regional Air Canada Express flights on behalf of Air Canada.
Top Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Boeing 777-333 ER C-FIUV (msn 35248) climbs away from the runway at London (Heathrow).
Bottom Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. The 15 Embraer ERJ 170-200SUs (ERJ 175s) will leave the mainline AC fleet and will be operated now as Air Canada Express aircraft by lower-cost Sky Regional. C-FEJD (msn 17000090) prepares to land at Washington (Reagan National).