Boeing has officially launched the 787-10 Dreamliner at the Paris Air Show, following a surge of interest and orders. The aircraft becomes the third member of the 787 family.
The manufacturer has received commitments for 102 aircraft from five customers across Europe, Asia and North America. These are: Air Lease Corporation for 30 aircraft; Singapore Airlines for 30 aircraft; United Airlines for 20; International Airlines Group / British Airways for 12 (subject to shareholder approval); and GE Capital Aviation Services for 10.
Announcing the programme launch, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner claimed the 787-10 would be the “most-efficient jetliner in history” with “unmatched” economics. “The 787-10 is 25 per cent more efficient than airplanes of its size today and more than 10 per cent better than anything being offered by the competition for the future,” he stated.
The new 787-10 will be able to fly up to 7,000 nautical miles (12,964 km), with seating for between 300-330 passengers. Boeing said design work had already begun, with “international partners involved in detailed design in the months ahead”. The 787-10 will share a common type rating with the 787-8 and 787-9, as well as the 777.
Final assembly and flight testing are set to begin in 2017, with first delivery of the 787-10 targeted for 2018.