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787-3 unlikely to go ahead

written by australianaviation.com.au | February 4, 2010
Boeing no longer holds orders for the 787-3. (Boeing)
Boeing looks close to cancelling the 787-3. (Boeing)

Boeing’s vice president of marketing Randy Tinseth has confirmed that the company is unlikely to proceed with the short range 787-3 now that the aircraft has no orders.

“Let’s just be blunt. We have no orders for it today, it was an airplane that was designed for the Japanese market,” Tinseth told Flightblogger at the Singapore Airshow.

“I don’t think we’ve made a final decision but I would be hard pressed to tell you that it would be a part of the family going forward.”

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The 787-3 was designed as a shorter range, higher density, lighter version of the 787-8, and garnered orders from All Nippon Airlines and Japan Air Lines. However, JAL and ANA have now converted all of their -3 orders to the 787-8. Boeing has since been undertaking a market viability assessment of the -3, and seems likely to soon announce the formal cancellation of the variant.

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