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March 27, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Singapore Airlines has earmarked Perth as a prime destination for the world’s first Boeing 787-10 aircraft. The airline took delivery yesterday of the newest and largest member of the Dreamliner family, a plane Boeing says will set a new global standard for fuel efficiency.

To mark the occasion, about 3000 people gathered at Boeing’s facility in North Charleston, South Carolina where the latest 787 model is manufactured.

As launch customer, Singapore Airlines plans to puts its new B787-10s into scheduled service in May, with flights from Singapore to Perth and to Osaka. Prior to the introduction of these services, the aircraft will be operated on selected flights to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for crew training purposes.

Like the other 787 Dreamliners, the 787-10 is designed with strong, lightweight composites, the most advanced systems, and comfortable cabin features. The B787-10, though, features a longer fuselage which allows it to carry about 40 more passengers or a total of 330 seats in a standard two-class configuration.

Singapore Airlines’ new B787-10, the world’s first

Boeing says the B787-10 provides airlines with “the lowest operating cost per seat of any widebody airplane in service today”.

“It is an honour for us to be the world’s first airline to take delivery of this amazing aircraft,” Singapore Airlines chief executive, Goh Choon Phong said.

“The 787-10 is a magnificent piece of engineering and truly a work of art. It will be an important element in our overall growth strategy, enabling us to expand our network and strengthen our operations.”

Goh added that “the 787-10 underscores Singapore Airlines’ longstanding commitment to operate a modern fleet, and marks the start of a new chapter in our shared story with Boeing.”

Boeing and Singapore Airlines ribbon-cutting ceremony for new B787-10

Singapore Airlines – through its subsidiary Scoot – already flies the B787-8 and B787-9 Dreamliners. With today’s delivery the group will be the first to operate all three Dreamliner models. Singapore Airlines has 68 additional Boeing widebody jets on order, including 48 additional 787-10s, and 20 of the new 777-9s.

“This is a big day for all of us at Boeing and for our global supplier partners,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive, Kevin McAllister, said.

“We are thrilled to deliver the first 787-10 Dreamliner to Singapore Airlines, one of the world’s leading carriers. And we are honoured by Singapore’s partnership and trust, as reflected by their repeated orders for the Dreamliner.

“The 787-10 will extend the Dreamliner effect that we are seeing across commercial aviation as the 787’s superior passenger experience and unmatched fuel efficiency helps airlines open new routes and achieve significant fuel savings and emission reduction.”

As a stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 retains over 95% commonality while adding seats and cargo capacity, setting a new benchmark for fuel efficiency and operating economics at 25% better fuel per seat and emissions than the planes it will replace.

Written by Peter Needham

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