Friday, February 27, 2015

Boeing to sell Terrible Teen B787s to Ethiopian

Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) is reportedly in talks with 10 separate buyers concerning the sale of early-model B787-8s, commonly referred to as "Terrible Teens" in the parlance of our times.

Informed sources told Bloomberg news that among the buyers are Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa) which is reportedly in advanced discussions regarding eight jets. The Ethiopians were among the first operators of the Dreamliners on its commercial début in 2012.

As previously reported, Air Austral (UU, St. Denis de la Réunion) has ordered two Terrible Teens with the contract signed on February 6 the Réunionaise press says. Deliveries of msn 34510 and msn 34491 are, however, now due in May and October 2016.

Last year, Boeing was said to have approached Garuda Indonesia (GA, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta), Malaysia Airlines (MH, Kuala Lumpur Int'l), as well as Latin American and Middle Eastern carriers about the early 787s. RwandAir (WB, Kigali) is also among the contenders with tentative plans to acquire two ex-Royal Air Maroc (AT, Casablanca Int'l) models later in 2017.

The "terrible teens" are early B787s Boeing was forced to rework and modify after flight tests identified a number of faults including an electric-panel fire and structural weakness where the jet’s wings melded with its body. As a result of the necessary modifications, the aircraft incurred a 1'600km range penalty rendering them less marketable than later models.