The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner took to the skies for the first time today atBoeing South Carolina. The airplane, which is the newest and longest model ofthe 787 family, completed a successful flight totaling four hours and 58minutes.
“The 787-10’sfirst flight moves us one step closer to giving our customers the mostefficient airplane in its class,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President& CEO Kevin McAllister. “The airplane will give carriers added flexibilityin growing their network routes and build on the overwhelming success of the787 Dreamliner family.”
Piloted byBoeing Test & Evaluation Capts. Tim Berg and Mike Bryan, the airplaneperformed tests on flight controls, systems and handling qualities. The 787-10will now undergo comprehensive flight testing before customer deliveries beginin the first half of 2018.
“From takeoff tolanding, the airplane handled beautifully and just as expected,” said Berg,chief 787 pilot. “The 787-10 is a fantastic machine that I know our customersand their passengers will love.”
The 787-10 haswon 149 orders from nine customers across the globe including launch customerSingapore Airlines, Air Lease Corporation (ALC), All Nippon Airways (ANA),British Airways, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS),KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and United Airlines.
As an 18-foot(5.5-m) stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 will deliver the 787 family’spreferred passenger experience and long range with 25 percent better fuel perseat and emissions than the airplanes it will replace and 10 percent betterthan today’s competition.
The 787Dreamliner family is a key part of Boeing’s twin-aisle airplane strategy, whichoffers a modern, optimized and efficient airplane family in every marketsegment. Since entering service in 2011, the 787 family has flown more than 152million people on over 560 unique routes around the world, saving an estimated14 billion pounds of fuel.