Having already fallen behind schedule by two years, the Boeing lost the only remaining orders for the 787-3 Dreamliner jet.
All Nippon Airways Co. (ANA) was the sole airliner to have placed an order for the short range version of the Dreamliner. The company opted to replace an order 28 short range 787-3s with an order for the standard longer-range 787-8.
After its competitor Japan Airlines changed its order of 13 787-3’s to the standard Dreamliner model, ANA was the only remaining airline to have placed an order for the short range model. Short range, wide body jets are popular in Asian, usually carrying passengers on domestic routes on planes with only one or two passenger classes.
However, the delays and uncertainty about delivery dates has caused concerns for the airlines who switched to the standard Dreamliner in order to receive earlier delivery. Randy Tinseth, the vice president of marketing for Boeing’s commercial airplanes unit, confirmed this on his company blog when he wrote: “Simply put, getting aircraft into [ANA’s] hands for earlier delivery was a better solution for them.” He went on to say that Boeing would be taking another look at the “market viability” of the 787-3.