Boeing has carried out the first flight of its B787-10 Dreamliner aircraft, ahead of the expected first delivery next year.

The longest model of the manufacturer’s Dreamliner family completed a four hour 58 minute flight, during which time it performed tests on flight controls, systems and handling qualities.

The B787-10 is 5.5 metres longer than the B787-9, and is designed to carry up to 310 passengers.

The aircraft was unveiled to the public for the first time in February, at an event attended by US President Donald Trump.

Boeing is scheduled to deliver the first B787-10 to launch customer Singapore Airlines in the first half of 2018, and has a total of 149 orders from nine customers.

Commenting on the first flight Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Kevin McAllister said:

“The 787-10’s first flight moves us one step closer to giving our customers the most efficient airplane in its class.

“The airplane will give carriers added flexibility in growing their network routes and build on the overwhelming success of the 787 Dreamliner family.”