Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner No.5 which was built in 2009 at a cost of just over $600 million, has been taken to the boneyard for dismantling after the futile effort to resell it. The airframe was felt too heavy to have any chance of being resold. The aircraft had sat at PAE for years in a dilapidated condition after the type received its FAA type certification.
Now an airplane parts and recycling contractor is cutting the carbon fiber jet to pieces at Paine Field in Everett and dismantling it for scrap. According to the Seattle Times, the dismantling is being used as a teaching method on how to recycle aircraft and aircraft parts made of carbon fiber.
Up to now Boeing has sold more than 1,300 Dreamliners out of which nearly 700 are flying worldwide. The plane-maker is delivering twelve jets per month, and expected to rise to 14 per month in a year or two.