You all are missing one of the main reasons this particular aircraft got or is getting scrapped.
It is actually part of a very unique and small subfleet of 777-200 aircraft. There were only 5 777-236 aircraft built originally for BA
with GE90-76B engines. These were the first 777s with GE90s and a unique variant at that since surpassed by the -85B, -92B, -94B on the -200/-200ER.
Only two of these five were returned by BA
to Boeing in 2002 and susequently leased to Air Algerie, Khalifa, and VARIG. They were attempted to be remarketed (available for lease), but there were just no takers due to the unique engine variant and the lessor decided to scrap them instead. I understand that the modification to hang the higher thrust later variant engines was prohibitively expensive.
Since I work for TZ
, I know in fact that we looked at these, but even with the relatively cheap lease rate, it was not attractive enough for AMC business.
The plain and simple here is the aircraft was too unique, got no takers because of it, and ended up as parts. Remember that to a business, an aircraft is merely an asset and this was a business decision, nothing else.
35 years of American Trans Air/ATA Airlines, 1973-2008. A great little airline that will not be soon forgotten.