Singapore Airlines (SIA) has taken delivery of the first Boeing 787-10, the largest member of the Dreamliner family. The aircraft, 9V-SCA (c/n 60253), was handed over at a ceremony on March 25 at Boeing’s North Charleston, South Carolina facility where the latest Dreamliner variant is exclusively manufactured.
Goh Choon Phong, Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Airlines, commented: “It is an honour for us to be the world’s first airline to take delivery of this amazing aircraft. The 787-10 is a magnificent piece of engineering and truly a work of art. It will be a crucial element in our overall growth strategy, enabling us to expand our network and strengthen our operations.”
SIA through its subsidiary Scoot already flies the 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliners and with this latest delivery will be the first airline to operate all three models. The carrier has 68 additional Boeing widebody jets on order, including 48 more 787-10s and 20 examples of the new 777-9.
Kevin McAllister, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive officer, explained: “The 787-10 will extend the Dreamliner effect that we are seeing across commercial aviation as the 787’s superior passenger experience and unmatched fuel efficiency helps airlines open new routes and achieve significant fuel savings and emission reductions.”
The carrier has configured its new airliner in a two-class layout with 36 seats in Business Class and 301 in Economy. It plans to put its 787-10s into scheduled service in May, with flights from Singapore to Osaka, Japan and Perth, Australia. Prior to the introduction of these services, however, the aircraft will be operated on selected flights to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for crew training purposes.