Singapore Airlines’ first 787-10 completes final assembly

A supplied image of Singapore Airlines' first Boeing 787-10 coming out of final assembly. (Boeing)
A supplied image of Singapore Airlines’ first Boeing 787-10 coming out of final assembly. (Boeing)

Boeing has unveiled the first Boeing 787-10 featuring the tail of launch customer Singapore Airlines (SIA).

The Star Alliance member’s first 787-10 has emerged from Boeing’s North Charleston final assembly line and will now undergo painting, system checks, fueling, and engine runs, Boeing said on Tuesday (US time).

First delivery to SIA was expected in the first half of 2018. The Virgin Australia shareholder and alliance partner has said previously the aircraft would be used on medium haul routes.

SIA has 30 787-10s on firm order, as well as a letter of intent for a further 19 of the type. The airline has chosen Rolls-Royce engines for its 787-10s.

The aircraft is the longest variant of the 787 and is capable of flying 6,430nm when configured with 330 passengers in a two-class layout, according to Boeing figures.

A supplied image of Singapore Airlines' first Boeing 787-10 undergoing final assembly. (Boeing)
Singapore Airlines’ first Boeing 787-10 undergoing final assembly. (Boeing)

At 68.2m, the 787-10 is a 5.5m stretch on the 787-9 that began flying in August 2014. The first 787 variant, the -8, made its commercial debut in October 2011 with launch customer All Nippon Airways.

The first 787-10 rolled out of the final assembly line in February, with its flight test program commencing in April.

Airlines that fly to Australia and have ordered the 787-10 included ANA, Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, United and British Airways.

The SIA group is already a 787 operator, with low-cost-carrier Scoot flying both the 787-8 and 787-9.

Boeing had 177 orders for the 787-10, according to its website. Final assembly for the 787-10 will take place at Boeing’s North Charleston facility.

A Boeing 787-9 in Scoot colours. (Rob Finlayson)
A Boeing 787-9 in Scoot colours. (Rob Finlayson)

Comments

  1. Dave says

    I am interested to see if they go 9 across in economy or not. They will need some way to separate the experience from Scoot

  2. NJP says

    Why are some airlines ordering both B787 & A350’s – isn’t there efficiency in sticking to one type?

  3. Patrickk says

    NJP the issue is the A359 has capacity and range while the 78-10 has the same capacity as the A359 but not the range. It becomes horses for courses and the economies of scale diminish over certain number, and niche capacity comes into play. I can see QF replacing the A333s with the 78-10 but they might stick to the smaller 789 for flexiblity reasons.

  4. Alan Kasjan says

    A truly wonderful passenger jet, it’s a ashame that it won’t be flying with just 330 seats. I’m sure like every other airline they will add an extra 12 to 15 % more seats.

  5. AlanH says

    Does this and the A350 series mean the beginning of the end of the B747-8 and ultimately the A380?

  6. Todd says

    @Dave, why would they?

    Qantas and Jetstar will have the same 3-3-3 layout. Only Japan keeps it at 2-4-2 for a true full service experience.

  7. Robert BAYLISS says

    2-4-2 seating as the person in the middle seat of each set of seats is only one seat away from the aisle, much better

  8. Timothy Billy Iskandar says

    I think B787-10 can be used on Asian pacific such as singapore to Japan, China and South Korea as well as Singapore Sydney route as a replacement for A330 and B777-200/300 or high capacity domestic route to reduce traffic due to its range shorter than -8 and -9.