Drumming up new orders for the 787 seems to be improving.
Yesterday Bloomberg news reported that Boeing was in talks with Ethiopian to purchase 8 787-8 all of which would come from the stock of existing 787s already assembled and parked on Everett's Runway 11/29 or at the EMC otherwise known as the "Terrible Teens."
This is addition to the two terrible teens that Boeing has firmly sold to Air Austral the Reunion based vacation airline news of which I broke last week. Boeing sold them LN 15 and LN 22. The latter was to be delivered later this year but it now appears it will be delivered in May of 2016 while LN 15 will be delivered around October of the same year.
Getting 10 of these airplanes (out of 12) will be a huge boost to Boeing in reducing their inventory while the airlines will still be getting good fuel efficient aircraft at a fraction of their worth.
787s orders are not done as ANA still has to firm up 3 787-10 that they intend to take and QANTAS, who reported excellent earning today, are looking to firm 50 787 options that they hold for delivery starting later this decade. Turkish Airlines is also expected to place an order for either the 787 or A350 this year which can be significant while Emirates looks to choose between the 787-10 and the A350-900 possibly around spring to summer time.
Boeing is planning to increase production to 12 airplanes next year. This increase is expected to meet not just new orders but conversions of purchase rights and options into firm orders by existing customers. The options and rights need to be exercised by a particular date and with the existing firm order pipeline being filled, attention will now turned to the additional orders from existing clients.