Singapore Airlines (SIA) has become the first airline to receive the largest variant of the Boeing 787 – the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN-powered 787-10.
Hand-over took place at Boeing’s final assembly facility in South Carolina, where Rolls-Royce was also present to see delivery of its new engine type, which is part of the an engine family expected to generate $8.1 billion of maintenance spend in Asia-Pacific over the next decade.
Although the TEN was launched in 2012 for the 787-10, the engine is available for all 787 variants and entered service on a smaller model in November 2017.
The 787-10 can seat 40 more passengers than the 787-9 in a standard two-class configuration. SIA has orders for an additional 48 of the former plus 20 more 787-9s, with some of those aircraft destined for its low-cost subsidiary Scoot.
In February the airline confirmed an order for Trent 1000 engines to power 19 787s, plus a TotalCare maintenance deal with Rolls-Royce to support them. This was in addition to an order for Trent 1000 engines for 50 aircraft, made by SIA Group, in 2013.
SIA and Rolls-Royce run a joint venture overhaul shop called Singapore Aero Engine Services (SAESL).
This has been kept busy by ongoing problems with older variants of the Trent 1000, which have suffered from premature wear.
Scoot is believed to be one of several airlines affected by the problems, and in its 2017 result Rolls-Royce recorded a roughly $300 million charge to cover repairs and compensation relating to the Trent 1000 and Trent 900.
It is hoped that Trent 1000 TEN will mark a new beginning for the engine family, since it incorporates up to 75% new parts from older Trent 1000 versions.
The TEN is also designed to offer a two per cent fuel burn gain over the Trent 1000 Package C, the last upgrade of the Trent 1000 before the TEN.
Singapore Airlines plans to put its 787-10s into scheduled service in May, with flights from Singapore to Osaka, Japan and Perth, Australia.