Boeing Co. is raising aircraft prices by about 5.2 percent, the first increase in two years, and dropping the short-haul version of the 787 Dreamliner.
Higher costs for wages, goods and services are driving the boost, said Jim Proulx, a spokesman at Boeing’s commercial headquarters in Seattle. He confirmed the changes made to the price list on Chicago-based Boeing’s website today as well as the withdrawal of the 787-3 variant.
Boeing’s last price increase, a 2.6 percent boost, was for 2008, Proulx said. Most airlines and leasing companies get discounts based on how many planes they buy.
The average price for the smallest Boeing jet, the single- aisle 737, is now about $71.4 million, up from about $69.3 million. The 777’s list price rose to about $258.2 million from $246 million. The two 787 models still being offered now average $201.7 million, up from $183.3 million, according to Boeing’s website.
The 787-3 was designed to carry as many as 330 passengers as far as 3,500 miles (5,600 kilometers), compared with the 787- 8’s top capacity of 250 people and 9,400-mile range. Boeing has been reviewing the model’s future after All Nippon Airways Co. swapped its 787-3 order for another variant in January.
All Nippon had been the last carrier that still had an order for the 787-3, which was designed specifically for the Japanese market.
Boeing diverted resources from the short-haul model in 2008 as it struggled to move the long-distance 787-8 toward production amid problems with parts shortages, redesigns and incomplete work by suppliers. The Dreamliner’s entry into service is now running about three years behind schedule.
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