Boeing flew the largest member of its Dreamliner Family, the 787-10, for the first time on March 31. The aircraft made it maiden flight from the manufacturer’s facility at Charleston, South Carolina, undertaking a four hour 58 minutes sortie.
“The 787-10’s first flight moves us one step closer to giving our customers the most efficient airplane in its class,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Kevin McAllister. “The airplane will give carriers added flexibility in growing their network routes and build on the overwhelming success of the 787 Dreamliner family.”
Boeing Test and Evaluation Captains Tim Berg and Mike Bryan conducted the first flight, testing the jet’s flight controls, systems and handling qualities. Boeing hopes to begin customer deliveries of the 787-10 in the first half of 2018.
Berg, who is also the manufacturer’s Chief 787 Pilot, said: “From take off to landing, the airplane handled beautifully and just as expected. The 787-10 is a fantastic machine that I know our customers and their passengers will love.”
Boeing has secured 149 orders for the 787-10, which is 18ft (5.5m) longer than the -9, from nine customers. Singapore Airlines is the launch customer with airframes scheduled for delivery to Air Lease Corporation, All Nippon Airways (ANA), British Airways, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, GE Capital Aviation Services, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and United Airlines too.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has signed a letter of intent for 20 Boeing 777-9s and an additional 19 787-10 Dreamliners, plus six options for both types. The Star Alliance carrier is the launch customer for the 787-10, having previously ordered 30 examples.
The 777-9s are scheduled for delivery from the 2021/22 financial year and the 787-10s for delivery from 2020/21.
“Today’s major order for widebody aircraft enables us to continue operating a modern and fuel-efficient fleet, providing the SIA Group with additional expansion opportunities to ensure that we retain our industry-leading position,” said SIA CEO, Goh Choon Phong.
“We are continuing to invest for the future of the SIA Group. This order is also another demonstration of our commitment to further growing the Singapore hub, as we will be able to offer even more travel options for our customers.”
Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Kevin McAllister said: “Singapore Airlines has been a valued Boeing customer for more than 50 years and we are honoured they have selected the 777X and additional 787-10s to expand its future widebody fleet. We appreciate the trust, commitment and endorsement of Singapore Airlines, and look forward to delivering market-leading capability to one of the world’s most widely respected industry leaders.”
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has welcomed the 50th Boeing 787 into its fleet.
In a ceremony held at Boeing’s Everett Delivery Center on August 17, the US manufacturer handed over the milestone aircraft, a 787-9, JA882A (c/n 43872), to the Japanese carrier.
Osamu Shinobe, President and CEO, ANA said: “The 787 has played a significant role in opening up routes into new markets, while also forming the backbone of our long-haul fleet. As the launch customer for the Dreamliner family, we are proud to welcome the 50th aircraft into our fleet, where it will continue to serve our passengers with the most innovative and memorable flying experience.”
The airline became the 787 launch customer in 2004 when it purchased 50 aircraft and, seven years later, it was the first to take delivery of the revolutionary aircraft. ANA’s current fleet consists of 36 787-8s and 14 -9s, as well as having an additional 33 examples still on order, including the newest and longest member of the Dreamliner family, the 787-10.