NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.Boeing (NYSE:BA) officials have rolled the first 787-10 Dreamliner out of the company’s final assembly and delivery facility in South Carolina. The third commercial passenger jet in the 787 Dreamliner family will make its first flight in the coming weeks.
“In just a few short years, our team has transformed a greenfield site into a modern aerospace production facility that is delivering 787s to airlines all over the world and supporting thousands of U.S. jobs in the process,” says Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president, and CEO.
The 787-10, the longest model of the Dreamliner family, is 18 feet (5.5 meters) longer than the 787-9; yet the new 787-10 is 95 percent identical to the 787-9 to maximize commonality, simplifying maintenance and training.
The 787 Dreamliner family is a key part of Boeing’s twin-aisle strategy to offers a modern, optimized, and efficient airplane family in every market segment. The Boeing 787 family entered service in 2011, and has flown more than 140 million people on 530 routes around the world, saving an estimated 13 billion pounds of fuel.
“This airplane, the most efficient in its class, is the result of years of hard work and dedication from our Boeing teammates, suppliers, and community partners in South Carolina and across the globe,” adds Kevin McAllister, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO. “We know our customers, including launch customer Singapore Airlines, are going to love what the 787-10 will do for their fleets, and we can’t wait to see them fly it.”
Boeing will deliver the 787-10 to airlines in 2018. The airplane has won 149 orders from nine customers across the globe.
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