The third aircraft in the 787 Dreamliner family has been unveiled in an event at Boeing’s facility in North Charleston, South Carolina. Boeing employees were joined by US President Donald Trump and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster to celebrate the advent of the Boeing 787-10.
The 787-10 is the longest of the three models in the Dreamliner family of twin-aisle aircraft, an 18ft stretch of the 787-9. It will be built exclusively at Boeing South Carolina. Boeing says the maiden flight will be made in “the coming weeks” and deliveries will begin in 2018. So far, the 787-10 has accumulated 149 orders, from nine customers.
“This aircraft, the most efficient in its class, is the result of years of hard work and dedication from our Boeing teammates, suppliers and community partners in South Carolina and across the globe,” said Kevin McAllister, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We know our customers, including launch customer Singapore Airlines, are going to love what the 787-10 will do for their fleets, and we can’t wait to see them fly it.”
More than 140 million people have flown on 787 family aircraft since they entered service in 2011. “What’s happening here at Boeing South Carolina is a true American success story,” said Dennis Muilenburg, chairman, president and CEO at Boeing. “In just a few short years, our team has transformed a greenfield site into a modern aerospace production facility that is delivering 787s to airlines all over the world and supporting thousands of US jobs in the process.”
February 21, 2017