Singapore Airlines welcomes world’s first 787-10 Dreamliner
On March 25, 2018, Boeing and Singapore Airlines (SIA1) (SINGY) celebrated the first delivery of a B787-10 Dreamliner - the newest and biggest aircraft in the Dreamliner family. The Singaporean airline also became the first operator of all three Dreamliner models currently in the market.
The B787-10 features a longer fuselage than its predecessors, allowing it to carry 40 more passengers, or a total of 330 seats, in a standard two-class configuration. Boeing claims that the new plane also provides the lowest operating cost per seat of any widebody airplane in service today.
The Boeing 787 aircraft is designed for long-haul flights, anticipating that the plane's moderate size and long range will enable airlines to open up “thin” routes, otherwise not profitable on widebody aircraft.
For Singapore Airlines (SIA1) (SINGY) , the new B787-10 Dreamliner will replace an Airbus 330-300 - which has 285 seats, comprising of 30 in business and 255 in economy class, according to Singapore Times. The aircraft is set to go into service in May 2018, and will reportedly be employed for flights of up to 8 hours from Singapore to Osaka, Japan and Perth, Australia. The Dreamliner will also fly to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for crew training purposes prior to its introduction into scheduled service.
Goh Choon Phong, chief executive officer of Singapore Airlines (SIA1) (SINGY) said that the new B787-10 will be another step in the company’s long-standing commitment to operate modern fleet and “it will be an important element in our overall growth strategy, enabling us to expand our network and strengthen our operations."
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