Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has delivered the first Boeing 787-10 to launch customer Singapore Airlines on Sunday, March 25, 2018. The 787-10 is the largest in the Dreamliner series. The airliner was delivered at the Boeing Factory in North Charleston, South Carolina.
“It is an honor to be the first airline in the world to receive this incredible plane,” said Goh Choon Phong, the Singapore Airlines CEO at the North Charleston ceremony. The company is also the first to have all three versions of the Dreamliner in the fleet; the 787-8, -9 and -10, through subsidiary Scoot. Scoot Tigerair, operating as Scoot, is a Singaporean low-cost long-haul airline owned by Singapore Airlines.
About the 787 Dreamliner family
On January 22, 2018 The Boeing Company announced that their 787-10 Dreamliner received an amended type certificate (ATC) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), clearing the airplane for commercial service. On June 18, 2013 The Boeing Company officially launched the 787-10 Dreamliner at the Paris Air Show. The first 787-10 was rolled out on February 17, 2017. The variant’s first flight took place on March 31, 2017 and lasted 4 hours and 48 minutes.
The 787 Dreamliner is an all-new, super-efficient family of commercial airplanes that can fly long distances while offering 20 to 25 percent better fuel efficiency per seat and lower emissions than the airplanes they replace. The combination of long range and low operating costs allows airlines to operate more flights profitably.
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.
As a stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 retains over 95 percent commonality while adding seats and cargo capacity, setting a new benchmark for fuel efficiency and operating economics at 25 percent better fuel per seat and emissions than the airplanes it will replace.
According to Boeing, the 787-10 offers space for about forty more passengers than its predecessors. “In total there can be 330 seats, assuming a standard two-class configuration.” The aircraft manufacturer claims that the aircraft has the lowest cost per seat of all widebody aircraft flying around today.
It is the intention that the newest version of the Dreamliner will be flying for Singapore Airlines from May. Singapore Airlines uses the 787-10 for flights with a duration of up to eight hours. Osaka and Perth will become the first regular destinations for the latest aircraft in the fleet.
For this it is already being used on selected flights to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for training of the crew.
Singapore Airlines will deploy the new aircraft first on the route to Osaka, Japan. The brand new Dreamliners will operate on the route to Australian Perth from May onwards.
Prior to this, the aircraft will be used for a short time on training flights to Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.
The company has signed a total of 49 aircraft from the largest version of the 787 series.
In addition to Singapore Airlines, the future users of the 787-10 are KLM, All Nippon Airways (ANA), British Airways, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, United Airlines and leasing companies are Air Lease Corporation (ALC) and GECAS. In addition, there are still a number of Dreamliners in the books under the heading ‘unknown customer’.