SIA takes delivery of the world’s first Boeing 787-10, with “customisable” passenger preferences.
Singapore Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 from the manufacturer’s production facility in South Carolina, making it the world’s first airline to take delivery of Boeing’s newest aircraft variant.
The aircraft is the first of 49 787-10s that SIA has on firm order. The planes will be used for flights of up to eight hours. Osaka and Perth will be the first scheduled destinations to be served by the new aircraft, from May.
But before the introduction of these services, the aircraft will be operated on selected flights to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for crew training purposes.
The 787-10s will feature the airline’s new regional cabin products, configured with 337 seats in two classes – 36 in business and 301 in economy. These will be unveiled at an arrival ceremony in Singapore on March 28.
Longest and quietest
Built using lightweight composite materials, the 68-metre 787-10 is the longest variant of Boeing’s Dreamliner range of aircraft. With “exceptional operating efficiency and advanced technology” it is designed to offer “a more tranquil cabin experience”, the airline says.
Passengers will get “customisable lighting preferences with large electronically dimmable windows, cleaner air and a quieter and smoother ride”.
Singapore Airlines, which is currently making an effort to reach out to off-line markets in Europe, is the largest customer for the 787-10. Low-cost subsidiary Scoot is already an operator of both 787-8s and 787-9s, making it the first airline group in the world to operate all three variants of Boeing’s Dreamliner family.
In addition to the 49 firm-ordered 787-10s, the group has a firm order with Boeing for 20 777-9s, which are due for delivery from the 2021-22 financial year.