The first two Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to retire in the world are set to be scrapped for spare parts at Prestwick Airport.
The disassembly and consignment of the world’s first two B787-8s to retire from commercial service will be managed by Dublin firm EirTrade Aviation.
First commissioned in 2011, the Dreamliner remains Boeing’s flagship widebody aircraft and has never retired from commercial service before.
The two ten-year-old aircrafts will be disassembled at the same time, with parts expected to be available later on in quarter one of this year.
Ken Fitzgibbon, CEO of EirTrade said that, with the first Dreamliners approaching the 12-year check, the disassembly of these two aircrafts “could not come at a better time” for those looking to source used material, to reduce the cost of maintenance.
“As no B787s have been retired from commercial service to date, there is almost no used serviceable materials market for this platform at the moment.
“We are entering into a specialist area and hope to become a market leader in the provision of USM for the platform which will enable the reduction of the cost of maintenance events for B787 aircraft owners.”
The disassembly process will be carried out in Prestwick, and will take around three months in total.