Boeing has handed over the first 787-10 Dreamliner to launch customer Singapore Airlines at its manufacturing plant in North Charleston, South Carolina.
Around 3,000 people attended an event to mark the milestone. The Boeing 787-10 completed its maiden flight in April 2017.
The 787-10 is a stretch of the 787-9, and retains over 95% commonality of parts, while adding about 40 more passengers or a total of 330 seats in a standard two-class configuration. This results in operating economics of 25% better fuel per seat and improved emissions compared to the airplanes it will replace.
Goh Choon Phong, CEO of Singapore Airlines, said, “The 787-10 is a magnificent piece of engineering. It underscores our longstanding commitment to operate a modern fleet, and marks the start of a new chapter in our shared story with Boeing.”
Kevin McAllister, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO, said, “This is a big day for all of us at Boeing and for our global supplier partners. The 787-10 will extend the Dreamliner effect that we are seeing across commercial aviation as the 787’s superior passenger experience and unmatched fuel efficiency helps airlines open new routes and achieve significant fuel savings and emission reduction.”
Singapore Airlines plans to put its 787-10s into scheduled service in May, with flights from Singapore to Osaka, Japan, and Perth, Australia.
Since 2011, more than 640 Dreamliners have entered service, flying more than 230 million people on more than 680 unique routes around the world, saving an estimated 23 billion pounds of fuel.
March 27, 2018