Boeing has finalised the design of its largest Dreamliner aircraft, the B787-10.
The project milestone, which Boeing said was reached “nearly two weeks ahead of schedule”, means that the company can now provide the detailed design and specifications to its suppliers to start building parts for the new aircraft.
The first B787-10 Dreamliner will start being assembled in 2016, with the first test flight scheduled for 2017. Deliveries are then expected to start in 2018.
“With the 787-10, we are building upon our experience and the 787-9 design itself to create this newest member of the super-efficient 787 family,” said Ken Sanger, vice president of 787 airplane development. “Through our dedicated team and our disciplined processes, we have optimised the design for the needs of the market and are excited as we look forward to production.”
Boeing said the B787-10 will be a “straightforward stretch” of the B787-9, which entered service in 2014. The B787-10 will be 5.5 metres longer than its predecessor and will have a maximum range of 11,910km, which Boeing says will allow it to cover more than 90% of the world’s routes.
To date, Boeing has taken order for 164 B787-10s, with major airline customers including Singapore Airlines (30 aircraft), Etihad Airways (30), United Airlines (25) and British Airways (12).