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October 26, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

US President Donald Trump was on hand during a ceremony at the White House in which Singapore Airlines formally announced the purchase of 39 new Boeing aircraft, including 19 more of the biggest variety of Dreamliner, the B787-10.

The order for 20 B777-9s and 19 Dreamliner B787-10s is worth USD 13.8 billion at current list prices. The airline also has options for 12 additional aircraft, six of each aircraft type.

Also present at the signing ceremony were Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore Airlines’ chief executive Goh Choon Phong and Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ president and cief executive Kevin McAllister.

Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

The B787-10 is the longest variant of the Dreamliner and Singapore Airlines is the launch customer, with a prior order for 30 of the new aircraft. The airline will take delivery of its first B787-10 in the first half of 2018. It now has 49 B787-10’s on order, making it the largest customer for this type.

The B787-10 is over five metres longer than any other Dreamliner variant. In a two-class configuration it has 330 seats, compared to 290 seats for the B787-9 and 242 seats for the B787-8.

The B787-10’s maximum range (6430 nautical miles or 11,910 km) is shorter than other varieties of Dreamliner – almost 16% shorter than the B787-9s being delivered to Qantas, for instance.

Boeing describes the B787-10 as a “long-range airplane that’s efficient at any stage length”. It will serve the airline’s medium-range operations while partnering with the B777-9 for the carrier’s long-haul routes.

Boeing says the B787-10 offers 25% better fuel efficiency per seat and lower emissions than the aircraft it will replace.

“The combination of capability, reliability and efficiency has attracted carriers from around the world, including Asia where the 787-10 will be able to connect all points within Asia at lower seat costs than any other twin-aisle airplane, with the flexibility to also link to Europe, Africa and Oceania.”

Singapore Airlines has more than 50 B777s in service. Its subsidiaries SilkAir, Scoot and SIA Cargo also operate Boeing aircraft with the B737 MAX 8 and B737-800, B787-8 and B787-9 Dreamliners and B747-400 Freighter types in service, respectively.

“SIA has been a Boeing customer for many decades and we are pleased to have finalised this major order for widebody aircraft, which will enable us to continue operating a modern and fuel-efficient fleet,” Goh said.

“These new aircraft will also provide the SIA Group with new growth opportunities, allowing us to expand our network and offer even more travel options for our customers.”

“Boeing and Singapore Airlines have been strong partners since the airline’s first operations 70 years ago and we are thrilled to finalise their purchase of 20 777Xs and 19 additional 787-10 Dreamliners,” said McAllister.

The 777X will be the largest and most-efficient twin-engine jet in the world, according to Boeing, with the latest innovative technologies, including “the most advanced, fuel-efficient commercial engine ever” and the lowest operating cost per seat of any commercial airplane. The B777-9 seats 400-425 passengers with a range of 7600 nautical miles (14,075 km) and is the only twin-engine available of its size.

Written by Peter Needham

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