Boeing unveils 787-10 Dreamliner
Boeing has today announced the launch of the 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of its 787 family, at the 50th International Paris Air Show currently being held at Le Bourget Airport.
The new 787-10 will fly up to 7,000nm, covering more than 90% of the world's twin-aisle routes, with seating capacity of 300-330 passengers.
The 787-9, the second member of the family, is in final assembly in Everett, Washington, US, and is scheduled to make its maiden flight later this year.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner said: "With the 787-10, we've designed an exceptional airplane supported by an efficient and integrated production system that can meet increasing demands and create new opportunities for us."
According to Boeing, the 787-10 is 25% more efficient compared with other aeroplanes of its size.
The 787-10 will have the common features of the 787-8 and 787-9, as well as 777, providing airlines additional flexibility in scheduling and training flight crews.
Design of the 787-10 has already started, and international partners will take part in detailed design in the coming months.
Final assembly and flight test of the 787-10 are scheduled to begin in 2017, with first aircraft expected to be delivered in 2018.
Customer launch commitments for the 787-10 include Air Lease, with 30 aircraft; GE Capital Aviation Services, with ten; International Airlines Group / British Airways, with 12 subject to shareholder approval; Singapore Airlines with 30; and United Airlines with 20 aeroplanes.
Boeing stated that commitments for 102 aeroplanes from five customers across Europe, Asia and North America provide a strong foundation to support development and production of the newest Dreamliner.
Image: The 787-10 will have the common features of the 787-8 and 787-9 as well as 777, providing airlines additional flexibility in scheduling and training flight crews. Photo: courtesy of Boeing.