20 Feb Boeing Rolls Out Biggest Dreamliner: The Boeing 787-10
The Boeing Company has rolled out it first Boeing 787-10 in Charleston, South Carolina. President Trump attended the roll out ceremony.
The Boeing 787-10 is to be exclusively built in Boeing’s South Carolina plant, since the fuselage sections are too big for transport in the dedicated Dreamlifter. I will be the first wide body aircraft to be exclusively built outside of Boeing’s Everett factory.
The -10 features the same wing as used on the Boeing 787-8 and -9, but has an 18 feet fuselage extension. The extension allows airlines to carry up to 330 passengers in a typical 2-class configuration. The turbofans deliver roughly 6% more thrust to get the aircraft off the ground. Since the wing parameters have remained the same, the range of the -10 has come down to roughly 6,430 nm.
The Boeing 787-10 accounts for roughly 20% of Boeing’s unfilled order book for the Boeing 787-10. The biggest customers for Boeing’s longest Dreamliner are Etihad Aiways and Singapore Airlines, each of which has ordered 30 Boeing 787-10 aircraft. Singapore Airlines is likely to become the biggest customer for the type once it has finalized a deal with Boeing, which also includes the Boeing 777-9. The Asian carrier is set to become the first operator of the -10 in 2018, making it the launch customer as well as the launch operator.