The Boeing 787-10, the largest aircraft in the Dreamliner family, took off for the first time this Friday at the North Chalerston plant in the state of South Carolina. The aircraft is the third and last scheduled model of the 787 family, Which has been flying since 2011 in variants 787-8 and 787-9.
The commercial debut of the 787-10 is expected to take place by the end of 2018. The first operators of the jet with average capacity for 330 passengers will be the airlines Singapore Airlines and United. The “10” model is considered the direct replacement of the 777-200ER, still in production, and its main competitor is the Airbus A350-900.
Despite being the largest version of the Dreamliner series, the 787-10 is the one with the lowest flight autonomy of the family, 11,910 km, while its “brothers” can travel more than 13,000 km. Already the maximum speed is equal between the three models: 516 knots.
Boeing has already received 149 orders for 787-10 from nine different customers. The biggest one is the Singapore Airlines company that ordered 30 units.
Since 2011, Boeing has sold more than 500 units of Dreamliner, now one of the most advanced commercial aircraft in the world. In addition to the orders for the new 787-10, the manufacturer has still ordered more 537 airplanes in versions 787-8 and 787-9.
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