Boeing has unveiled the largest version of its revolutionary long-haul jet series, the 787 Dreamliner.
The new 787-10 model is 68.3 metres long – 5.5m longer than the previous version, the 787-9, and 11.6m longer than the original 787-8. It is able to carry approximately 330 passengers in a typical two-class configuration, or up to 440 in a high-capacity single-class layout.
But it’s the aircraft’s fuel-efficiency that will make it appealing to airlines; it consumes 25% less fuel than the aircraft it replaces, which should enable airlines to open new long-haul routes. It also emits fewer carbon emissions and 60% less noise.
The 787-10 Dreamliner was revealed to the public when it rolled out of Boeing’s South Carolina factory, in the presence of US President Donald Trump and thousands of Boeing employees.
“This airplane, the most efficient in its class, is the result of years of hard work and dedication from our Boeing teammates, suppliers and community partners in South Carolina and across the globe,” said Kevin McAllister, president & CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We know our customers, including launch customer Singapore Airlines, are going to love what the 787-10 will do for their fleets, and we can’t wait to see them fly it.”
SIA was mentioned specifically as it will be the global launch customer of the 787-10. The Singaporean national carrier has ordered 30 of the aircraft – the same number as Etihad Airways. Other airline customers include EVA Air (18 firm orders), United Airlines (14), British Airways (12), Air France-KLM (seven) and ANA (three).
The aircraft will be prepared for its first flight in the coming weeks and is expected to enter service in 2018.
When it launched in 2011, the Dreamliner series became the first commercial aircraft to be produced using composite materials, significantly reducing weight and improving fuel-efficiency. Since entering service with ANA, 787 aircraft have flown more than 140 million people on 530 routes around the world.