If you’ve ever considered dropping a little cash on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and paused because of the cool quarter-billion-dollar sticker price, you’re in luck, because the market for used Dreamliners is heating up.
Controller.com lists used aircraft — some of them quite old — and several 787s have appeared on the site recently. Most require a phone call for pricing, but one 787-8, the most “compact” version of the widebody plane, lists for only $122 million. That’s nearly half off what a Dreamliner would normally cost if no discounts were applied and before you added options.
Call us a used plane salesperson, but for our money — and because there are photos of the interior — this older, slightly larger version of the Dreamliner, a low-mileage 787-9 built in 2015, is where we’d use your New Year’s commission check.
The company repping the owner is just up the road a few hours in Raleigh, N.C., but the jet is listed as being based in Basel, Switzerland. But, you know — being how it’s a jet — it can really be anywhere you can park it. The Dreamliner in question is being represented by Jetcraft Corp., a broker, sales and buyer’s agent for commercial and private aircraft.
In case you’ve been living under a rock the past few years, Boeing Co. has a multibuilding production campus in North Charleston near Charleston International Airport. And all Dreamliners get made totally or partially at Boeing South Carolina, which works with the company’s assembly operations in Everett, Wash. So this plane definitely came through South Carolina.
The first S.C.-built Dreamliner rolled out in 2012, so this isn’t the oldest of the jets manufactured in South Carolina. The photos show a pristine, interior that’s largely not built-out, except for crew quarters.
The Controller.com listing says the 2015 Dreamliner has made only six landings since it went into service, so we’re not sure if this was someone’s personal purchase or if it just had limited service. Either way, you’ll be getting the aviation equivalent of a low-mileage, used luxury ride.
And we would be happy to set up a GoFundMe, if anyone wants to pitch in to help us buy it. We promise free flights for contributors — just have to pay for gas.