Singapore Airlines plans on deploying the jet in its Osaka, Japan route Perth, Australia, route from May this year.
In a significant development, U.S. aircraft maker Boeing Co delivered its first 787-10 Dreamliner to Singapore Airlines marking the coming of age of its first lightweight family of jets based on which it is betting its future.
In front of thousands of guests and Boeing workers, Goh Choon Phong, Singapore Airlines’ CEO, was handed the ceremonial key to the plane, on the tarmac of Boeing’s South Carolina plant where the carbon composite jet has been built.
Calling it a “beautiful aircraft”, Goh said it was an “unparalleled product for regional operations.”
Singapore Airlines has been a Boeing customer for 45 years.
Singapore Airlines, which expanded its order for the 787-10s to 49 jets in 2017, plans on using the 787-10 Dreamliner on its Osaka, Japan route followed by Perth, Australia, from May 2018.
The 787-10 Dreamliner sells for $326 million at list prices boats of carbon-composite fabrication materials, a flight range of 6,430 nautical miles (11,910 kilometers), new state-of-the-air filtration systems, high fuel efficiency and higher levels of humidity in the air for long-distance flights.
At 223 feet long (68 meters), it is 18 feet (5.5 meters) longer than its predecessor, the 787-9 and seats nearly 330 passengers, 40 more than the 787-9 and 88 more than the 787-8.
The 787-10 Dreamliner competes with Airbus’ A330neo, an upgraded version of its most-sold wide-body aircraft which also sports high fuel-efficient engines and a new cabin.