Yesterday, Boeing announced the delivery of the first 787-10 airplane, the newest and largest member of the Dreamliner family, to Singapore Airlines. The news comes just a few months after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) cleared the plane for commercial service.
According to Boeing, about 3,000 people attended the milestone delivery at Boeing’s facility in North Charleston, S.C., where the latest 787 model is manufactured. Like the other 787 Dreamliners, the 787-10 is designed with strong, lightweight composites. The 787-10, though, features a longer fuselage which allows it to carry about 40 more passengers or a total of 330 seats in a standard two-class configuration. With the additional capacity, Boeing says the 787-10 provides airlines the lowest operating cost per seat of any widebody airplane in service today.
“It is an honor for us to be the world’s first airline to take delivery of this amazing aircraft,” said Goh Choon Phong, CEO of Singapore Airlines, the 787-10 launch customer. “The 787-10 is a magnificent piece of engineering and truly a work of art. It will be an important element in our overall growth strategy, enabling us to expand our network and strengthen our operations.”
Phong added that “the 787-10 underscores Singapore Airlines’ longstanding commitment to operate a modern fleet, and marks the start of a new chapter in our shared story with Boeing.”
Singapore Airlines – through its subsidiary Scoot – already flies the 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliners. The airline will be the first to operate all three Dreamliner models. Singapore Airlines has 68 additional Boeing widebody jets on order, including 48 additional 787-10s, and 20 of the new 777-9s.
“This is a big day for all of us at Boeing and for our global supplier partners. We are thrilled to deliver the first 787-10 Dreamliner to Singapore Airlines, one of the world’s leading carriers. And we are honored by Singapore’s partnership and trust, as reflected by their repeated orders for the Dreamliner,” said Kevin McAllister, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO. “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.”
Boeing says the 787-10’s performance and high commonality with its Dreamliner siblings have attracted strong interest from around the world, including in Asia where the jet can connect all points within the region. The 787-10 also offers Asian operators the flexibility to fly to Europe, Africa and Oceania.