Boeing today announced it has secured “commitments” for 102 of its forthcoming B787-10 Dreamliner.
Launching the aircraft – the third member of the 787 family – at the Paris Air Show, Boeing revealed it can now move into the development and production stages.
The commitments for the B787-10 come from five customers across Europe, Asia and North America.
Air Lease Corporation has agreed to 30 planes, GE Capital Aviation Services to ten, International Airlines Group / British Airways to 12 subject to shareholder approval, Singapore Airlines to 30, and United Airlines to 20.
The new 787-10 will fly up to 7,000 nautical miles (12,964 km) – covering more than 90 per cent of the world’s twin-aisle routes – with seating for between 300 and 330 passengers, depending on an airline’s configuration choices.
Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: “The 787-10 Dreamliner will be the most-efficient jetliner in history. The airplane’s operating economics are unmatched and it has all the incredible passenger-pleasing features that set the 787 family apart as truly special.
“The 787-10 is 25 per cent more efficient than airplanes of its size today and more than 10 per cent better than anything being offered by the competition for the future.”
Design of the 787-10 has already started. Final assembly and flight test are set to begin in 2017, with first delivery targeted for 2018.
The second member of the family, the 787-9, is in final assembly in Everett, Washington, and is set to make its first flight later this year.