Singapore Airlines today became the first airline in the world to receive a Boeing 787-10 aircraft – the newest and largest member of the Dreamliner family.
Delivery was marked with a ceremony at Boeing Boeing’s facility in North Charleston, South Carolina where the latest 787 model is manufactured.
Like the other 787 Dreamliners, the 787-10 is designed with strong, lightweight composites, the most advanced systems, and comfortable cabin features. It features a longer fuselage, which allows it to carry about 40 more passengers.
Boeing says the the additional capacity, the 787-10 provides airlines the lowest operating cost per seat of any widebody aircraft in service today.
Singapore Airlines chief executive officer, Goh Choon Phong said it is an “honour” for the carrier to be the first to receive the new 787 aircraft.
He added: “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.”
Singapore Airlines – through its subsidiary Scoot – already flies the 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliners. With today’s delivery the group will be the first to operate all three Dreamliner models.
The carrier has has 68 additional Boeing widebody aircraft on order, including 48 additional 787-10s, and 20 of the new 777-9s.
Singapore Airlines plans to puts its 787-10s into scheduled service in May, with flights from Singapore to Osaka, Japan and Perth, Australia. Prior to the introduction of these services, the aircraft will be operated on selected flights to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for crew training purposes.
The 787-10 can connect to all points within the Asian region and also offers Asian operators the flexibility to fly into Europe, Africa and Oceania.