B787-10 Dreamliner moves towards 2016 assembly

3 Dec 2015 by Tom Otley

Boeing has announced its B787-10 Dreamliner production is ahead of schedule and on track for major assembly in 2016.

Its engineers reached the milestone of detailed design nearly two weeks ahead of schedule.

The manufacturer said that major assembly of the B787-10 will begin next year, followed by first flight in 2017 and first delivery in 2018.

Boeing B787-10

The B787-10 was designed as a stretched version of the B787-9, which entered service in 2014.

Ninety-five per cent of the design and build of the 787-10 and 787-9 will be identical, but it has the longest range — 6,430 nautical miles, or 11,910 km or 7,400 miles — and a greater number of passengers fitted on-board.

To see Boeing's specifications for the B787-10 click here.

The B787-10 has logged 164 orders from nine customers around the world, accounting for 14 percent of all 787 orders.

Tom Otley

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