9 OCTOBER 2017
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The first Boeing B787-10 Dreamliner built for Singapore Airlines was rolled out by the manufacturer last week at its final assembly facility in South Carolina in preparation for painting in the airline’s livery and the start of system checks, fuelling and engine runs.
SIA is due to take delivery of the aircraft early next year and operate it on medium-haul routes. The carrier is the launch customer for the B787-10, has 30 on firm order and also signed a letter of intent in February to acquire 19 more.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes senior vice-president for Asia Pacific and India sales, Dinesh Keskar, said completion of final assembly was “an exciting moment” for the company and SIA.
He added: “With its unprecedented efficiency, greater capacity and the Dreamliner’s known preferred passenger experience, the 787-10 will be an important part of the airline’s future fleet.”
The Dash-10 is 18ft longer than the B787-9, with Boeing claiming the aircraft will deliver long range with 25% better fuel per seat and emissions than the aircraft it will replace.
Since entering service in 2011, the B787 family has flown more than 190m people on more than 560 unique routes around the world, saving an estimated 18bn pounds of fuel.
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