Boeing flies 787-10 Dreamliner for first time

The plane will undergo comprehensive flight testing before customer deliveries begin in the first half of 2018.

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The Boeing Co.'s (N. Charleston, SC, US) 787-10 Dreamliner flew for the first time on March 31 at Boeing South Carolina. The airplane, which is the newest and longest model of the 787 family, completed a successful flight totaling 4 hours, 58 minutes.

Piloted by Boeing Test & Evaluation Capts. Tim Berg and Mike Bryan, the airplane performed tests on flight controls, systems and handling qualities. The 787-10 will now undergo comprehensive flight testing before customer deliveries begin in the first half of 2018.

The 787-10 has won 149 orders from nine customers across the globe including launch customer Singapore Airlines, Air Lease Corp. (ALC), All Nippon Airways (ANA), British Airways, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and United Airlines.

As an 18-ft/5.5m stretch of the 787-9, Boeing says the 787-10 will deliver the 787 family’s preferred passenger experience and long range with 25% better fuel per seat and emissions than the airplanes it will replace and 10% better than today’s competition.

“The 787-10’s first flight moves us one step closer to giving our customers the most efficient airplane in its class,” says Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Kevin McAllister. “The airplane will give carriers added flexibility in growing their network routes and build on the overwhelming success of the 787 Dreamliner family.”

“From takeoff to landing, the airplane handled beautifully and just as expected,” says Berg, chief 787 pilot. “The 787-10 is a fantastic machine that I know our customers and their passengers will love.”

Boeing reports that, since entering service in 2011, the 787 family has flown more than 152 million people on more than 560 unique routes around the world, saving an estimated 14 billion lb of fuel.