Sad Face as Qantas Cancels 35 Orders for the 787 Dreamliner
There’s been news here and there about airlines getting sick and tired of waiting for delayed and deferred deliveries of their Boeing 787s, but now there’s an airline finally doing something about it. Qantas is done waiting, so they called up Boeing and told them that they’d be cancelling their order—for 35 of them.
It sounds like it was more of a financial decision than anything, as Qantas is trying to cut costs and save cash as they look to dig themselves out of the red and back into the black. For those dreaming of seeing the 787 with a kangaroo on its tail—don’t panic! As of now Qantas is only cancelling its orders for the Boeing 787-9, but they’re still moving forward with their order for 15 of the 787-8. However, those might just end up doing some heavy lifting for their JetStar airline, so we’ll have to stay tuned to see how things shake out.
If you go by the list price of the planes, this decision is probably saving Qantas somewhere in the neighborhood of $8.5 billion. Way out into the future—like in 2016 or so—Qantas would still have the rights to a few more of these planes, so they could always exercise those options. Overall it’s not the best news for fans of Qantas or Boeing, but let’s try to look on the bright side. This could mean that these new planes—and their delivery slots—will be offered up to a different carrier.
[Photo of the assembly line: Jaunted]