Boeing has started major assembly on the 787-10, the largest variant of the widebody aircraft type.
The OEM said Kawasaki Heavy Industries began installing the circular frames into the mid-forward section of the fuselage on Monday (March 14), two weeks ahead of schedule.
Boeing says that 95 per cent of the design and build of the 787-10 and 787-9 will be identical, which will reduce complexity, cost and risk across the entire production system.
To date, the 787-10 has amassed 153 orders from nine customers.
Ken Sanger, vice-president of 787 airplane development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: “Beginning major assembly early underscores the commitment, discipline and performance of the entire Boeing and partner team worldwide."