SIA received first B-787/10 plane
The cabin products will be unveiled tomorrow
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has taken delivery of its first B-787/10 from the manufacturer’s production facility in North Charleston, South Carolina. SIA is the world’s first airline to take delivery of Boeing’s newest aircraft variant, which is due to enter commercial service next month.
The plane –the first of 49 B-787/10s that SIA has on firm order- was formally delivered at a ceremony yesterday in North Charleston (evening of 25 March 2018 local time) attended by SIA CEO Goh Choon Phong. Also in attendance were Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister, Rolls-Royce Director Customers and Services – Civil Aerospace Dominic Horwood, some three thousand Boeing employees as well as invited guests.
SIA’s 787/10s will be used for flights up to eight hours. Osaka and Perth will be the first scheduled destinations to be served by the new aircraft from May 2018. Prior to the introduction of these services, the airplane will be operated on selected flights to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for crew training purposes.
The 787/10s will feature SIA’s new regional cabin products, configured with 337 seats in two classes, featuring 36 Business Class and 301 Economy Class seats. The new products will be unveiled at an arrival ceremony in Singapore on 28 March 2018, after the aircraft’s delivery flight from North Charleston via Osaka. The Guest-of-Honour for this event will be Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore’s Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport.
Constructed using lightweight composite materials, the 68-metre 787/10 is the longest variant of industry’s Dreamliner range of aircraft.
SIA is the largest customer for this model. Low-cost subsidiary Scoot is already an operator of both 787/8s and 787/9s, making SIA the first airline group in the world to operate all three variants of company’s Dreamliner family of aircraft.
In addition to the 49 firm-ordered units, SIA has a firm order with Boeing for 20 B-777/9 airplanes, which are due for delivery from the 2021/22 financial year.
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