Boeing’s 787-10 Dreamliner took to the skies for the first time on March 31 at Boeing South Carolina, beginning its flight test programme.
The aeroplane took off just after 2:30pm UK time / 9:30am Eastern for an estimated four-hour flight.
As an 18-foot (5.5-m) stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 will deliver 25% better fuel per seat and emissions than the airliners it will replace.
The 787-10 has won 149 orders from nine carriers including launch customer Singapore Airlines, Air Lease Corporation (ALC), All Nippon Airways (ANA), British Airways, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and United Airlines. The aircraft will be delivered to customers starting in the first half of 2018.