Boeing has completed its detailed design for the 787-10 Dreamliner, achieving another major milestone nearly two weeks ahead of schedule.
Reaching this stage means the information needed to build parts and tools for assembly has been completed and released for fabrication or procurement. Major assembly of the 787-10 will begin in 2016, followed by first flight in 2017 and first delivery in 2018.
Ken Sanger, Vice President of 787 Airplane Development commented: “With the 787-10, we are building upon our experience and the 787-9 design itself to create this newest member of the super-efficient 787 family. “Through our dedicated team and our disciplined processes, we have optimised the design for the needs of the market and are excited as we look forward to production.”
As a straightforward stretch of the 787-9, which entered service in 2014, 95% of the design and build of the 787-10 and 787-9 will be identical, reducing complexity, cost and risk across the production system and providing operational benefits to customers.
The 787-10 is the third and longest member of the 787 family. With a range of 6,430 nautical miles (11,910 km), the 787-10 can cover more than 90% of the world’s twin-aisle routes.
To date, the 787-10 has logged 164 orders from nine customers around the world, accounting for 14% of all 787 orders.