The Everett Herald Nov. 27 had an interesting article assessing the break-even of the Boeing 787. The article neatly summarizes what Boeing CFO James Bell described on the 3Q earnings call. The Herald’s article is slightly out of date, not accounting for the cancellation of 24 airplanes by China Eastern and dropping the firm orders to just under 800.
Graphic (would not load in our Firefox but did load in Chrome).
Separately, the company that created PIANO–the cost-analysis tool to determine aircraft operating costs–published an assessment of the 787’s operating costs and related CO2 emissions reduction. The results were surprising.
Boeing found a way to utilize one of the first three test airplanes longer-term. These airplanes won’t be sold and have been written off. The company took #3, painted it up in the Boeing colors, outfitted it with the full interior and embarked on a world tour as a marketing and sales tool. It’s a highly creative solution to what to do with the test airplane now that testing is over. It’s only a six month tour but it’s a good move.