Boeing celebrates 787-10 roll out

written by australianaviation.com.au | February 20, 2017
Boeing's facility in North Charleston, South Carolina is the location of the final assembly line for the 787-10. (Boeing)
Boeing’s facility in North Charleston, South Carolina is the location of the 787-10 final assembly line. (Boeing)

Boeing says the largest version of its 787 Dreamliner family is on track to make its first flight in the coming weeks, following its official unveiling on Friday (US time).

The 787-10, the third variant of the 787, was presented to employees, media and invited guests, including the US president, during the roll-out ceremony held at Boeing’s North Charleston, South Carolina facility.

Following the roll-out, Boeing said the first 787-10, N528ZC, would “now be prepared for its first flight in the coming weeks”. First delivery was expected to launch customer Singapore Airlines in 2018, Boeing said.

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North Charleston is the location of the 787-10 final assembly line.

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.

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 787 features a global supply chain where parts manufactured across the globe are delivered to Boeing facilities in Washington State and South Carolina for final assembly.

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Boeing Aerostructures Australia, based at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne, builds components for the 787 moveable trailing edges, including the inboard flap, flaperon, outboard flap and aileron. The contract is worth an estimated $5 billion over 20 years and was Australia’s largest aerospace contract, Boeing has said previously.

The 787-10 has secured 149 orders from nine customers, according to the Boeing website.

“We know our customers, including launch customer Singapore Airlines, are going to love what the 787-10 will do for their fleets, and we can’t wait to see them fly it,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief executive Kevin McAllister said.

Airlines that fly to Australia and/or New Zealand who have ordered the 787-10 include Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways and All Nippon Airways. (Boeing)
Airlines that fly to Australia and/or New Zealand who have ordered the 787-10 include Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways and All Nippon Airways. (Boeing)

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8 Comments

  • Brad

    says:

    “capable of flying 6,430 nm.”

    Not sure there’ll be many middle east liveries flying into the East coast with a 787-10. Unless of course they take advantage of 5th freedom rights.

  • Rodney Marinkovic

    says:

    Boeing B787-9/10, will be best selling tween engines aircraft in capacity above 300 seats.
    Most beatifulle pice of engineering in the sky today.+

  • Charles Falkiner

    says:

    Hope Boeing has done something about the screaming flap motors which deafen you on takeoff and landing.
    Apart from higher cabin pressure helping jet lag, just another big Boeing. The 380 still the best for long distance travel.

  • PAUL

    says:

    Screeming flap motors eek reminds of in the back of the Hercules

  • Archie

    says:

    It will still have an awful 17″ 3-3-3 economy layout.

  • kLANE

    says:

    Air NZ is listed on Boeing business update as a new purchaser of aircraft for 2017…What are they buying. The business update does not relate to the 3 outstanding airframes yet to be delivered to Air NZ

  • Qantasboy787

    says:

    That thing looks soooo sleek and awesome

  • Al

    says:

    They have signed up for an additional 789 from ILFC due in 2019, taking the fleet to 13

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