Boeing Launches 787-10 Dreamliner

787-10 ArtworkBoeing announced today at the 2013 Paris Air Show that it has launched the 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of the super-efficient 787 family. The company says commitments for 102 aircraft from five customers across Europe, Asia and North America provide a: “strong foundation” to support development and production of the newest Dreamliner.
Customer launch commitments for the 787-10 include Air Lease Corporation, with 30 airliners; GE Capital Aviation Services, with 10; International Airlines Group / British Airways, with 12 subject to shareholder approval; Singapore Airlines, with 30 and United Airlines, with 20 aircraft.
The new 787-10 will fly up to 7,000 nautical miles (12,964 km) — covering more than 90 percent of the world’s twin-aisle routes — with seating for 300-330 passengers, depending on an airline’s configuration choices.  The second member of the family, the 787-9, is in final assembly in Everett, Washington State, and is set to make its first flight later this year.
“The 787-10 Dreamliner will be the most-efficient jetliner in history.  The airplane’s operating economics are unmatched and it has all the incredible passenger-pleasing features that set the 787 family apart as truly special,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner.  “The 787-10 is 25% more efficient than airplanes of its size today and more than 10% better than anything being offered by the competition for the future.”
Design of the 787-10 has already started at Boeing, and international partners will be involved in detailed design in the months ahead.  Final assembly and flight test of the 787-10 are set to begin in 2017, with first delivery targeted for 2018.
The 787-10 will share a common type rating with the 787-8 and 787-9 and the Boeing 777, giving airlines additional flexibility in scheduling and training flight crews.