India’s Jet Airways may soon convert its existing order for 10 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners to the larger 787-9 model of the plane, Flightglobal.com is reporting.
The airline had been scheduled to begin accepting delivery of the 787-8s in 2014. The switch to the 787-9 could cause a delivery delay. Boeing is still developing the 787-9. The first example of that plane is now under construction.
Several other airlines including All Nippon Airways, Vietnam Airlines and Air China have converted orders to the larger plane.
The economics of the 787-9 are potentially better than those of the 787-8 because it carries about 40 more passengers, a maximum of about 290, than the -8. Those economics work out, however, only if an airline can fill those extra seats with paying passengers.