Boeing delivered the first operational Boeing 787-10 to Singapore Airlines on Sunday, March 25, marking the beginning of service for the largest Dreamliner aircraft. With room for 330 passengers, the twin-aisle jet airliner is expected to be the most efficient aircraft of its size in terms of fuel efficiency per seat.
The 787-10, made largely of composite materials like the other Dreamliner models, has a range of 6,430 nautical miles (11,910 km), which is about 1,000 miles less than the 787-8 and 787-9. However, the 787-10, stretching 224-feet long, can hold 40 more passengers than older Dreamliners, and it can still fly about 90 percent of long-distance routes. The result is more efficient transport per head flying people across the world.
The 787-10 is made from parts manufactured all over the world, and the aircraft is assembled in Boeing's plant in South Carolina. The on March 31, 2017, almost exactly a year ago. Singapore Airlines will be the first to operate the 787-10, with 48 more of the new Dreamliners on order. Boeing has orders for about 170 of the new widebody jets.
"This is a big day for all of us at Boeing and for our global supplier partners," said Kevin McAllister, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive officer, in a . "We are thrilled to deliver the first 787-10 Dreamliner to Singapore Airlines, one of the world's leading carriers."
The twin-engine jet will be powered by one of two engines, the Rolls Royce Trent 1000 or the GE Aviation GEnx-1B depending on specific orders. The aircraft delivered to Singapore Airlines yesterday is equipped with the Trent 1000, which has a maximum takeoff thrust of about 79,000 lbf, while the GEnx-1B puts out about 76,000 lbf at takeoff.
The brand new Singapore Airlines 787-10 will fly to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for crew training before entering service in May, flying routes from Singapore to Osaka, Japan and Perth, Australia. The 787-10 is the world's newest efficient wide-body aircraft, the kind of plane that made the double-decker, four-engine 747 obsolete. With the 787-10 officially out the door, Boeing will be looking toward the composite-winged wide-body 777X and likely a new aircraft called the New Midsize Airplane (NMA), an airplane to serve routes between the 737 and 787, expected to become the Boeing 797.