If you’ve taken the Boeing tour at Everett Field, you might have seen the row of overweight 787 Dreamliners. They are dubbed the “terrible teens” and resulted from manufacturing and production defects at the beginning of the 787 production run. According to the Seattle Times:
The teens required the most extensive work, including heavy structural reinforcements to bolster their composite shells, and were set aside while Boeing focused resources on later models that it could get more quickly to customers. Carriers including All Nippon Airways and Transaero Airlines eventually opted to take other aircraft. Boeing has never disclosed the weight difference for the teens. Once the modifications are done, their range will be about 1,000 nautical miles (1,850 kilometers) shorter than later 787s.
As per the article, Ethiopian Airlines is in advanced discussions to buy eight of the early-build 787s and Air Austral, based on France’s Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, has already ordered two of the jets (likely at major discounts).
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