December 6, 2011 Leave a comment
While reading through the blog posts of a Boeing blog I follow, I read a blog concerning recent news. This previous Thursday 01 Dec 2011, the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, ZA001, was decommissioned after flying from Seattle’s Boeing Field to Palmdale, CA. This was nearly 2 years after its delayed maiden flight. In a report by Flightblogger, the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines will be removed and the aircraft will be placed in storage until it finds a place in a museum.
So why did Boeing decide to decommission the 787 Dreamliner? Unfortunately, I could not really find information other than that disclosed on the blog post, and there was not that much information on the blog post. According to EETimes, the first flight of the 787 Dreamliner was delayed 6 months in Jun 2009, announcing it needed to reinforce the areas where the wings met the side of the aircraft. Also, the reworking of the planes destroyed their commercial values, which clearly resulted in a decline in commercial profit. So, from what I have read and presented to you, it seems that the 787 Dreamliner brought some economic and technological hardship to Boeing. I guess that is why Boeing decided to ultimately decommission the 787 Dreamliner.