Boeing has made yet another milestone with the starting of the final assembly of the first Boeing 787-10 at the North Charleston, South Carolina assembly plant.
“As we enter the next phase of the 787-10’s development, we eagerly watch our first airplane come to life,” said Ken Sanger, vice president and GM, 787 Airplane Development.
During the final assembly process, all of the main sections of the aircraft are joined, the exterior and interior parts are finished, and power is applied to the aircraft where tests begin.
This variant of the 787 is expected to fly next year with the scheduled delivery to Singapore Airlines who is the launch customer for the -10.
According to Boeing, the 787-10 has a 95 percent commonality with the smaller -9, while adding more payload. The -10 will carry up to 330 passengers in a typical two-class configuration, with the ability fo fly 7,400 miles.
“This is the result of years of preparation and solid performance by our Boeing teammates and supplier partners. This achievement is another example that demonstrates Boeing’s abiility to develop great airplanes in a disciplined fashion in order to meet our customer commitments” says Ken Sanger.
Boeing has stated that there are currently 154 orders for the 787-10 with customers such as United Airlines, British Airways, EVA Air, and Etihad.
This is a very exciting time for Boeing with the final variant of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Along with the development of the 777X and 737 MAX, Boeing will continue to create great airplanes.