Major assembly begins on Boeing 787-10

Kawasaki Heavy Industries begins installation of the carbon fiber circular frames into the mid-forward fuselage section.

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The Boeing Co. (Everett, WA, US) reported on March 15 that major assembly of the first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner is underway, the latest major milestone in the development of the newest member of the super-efficient 787 family. Boeing partner Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. began installing the circular carbon fiber composite frames into the mid-forward section of the fuselage on March 14, a full two weeks ahead of schedule.

As a straightforward stretch of the 787-9, which entered service in 2014, Boeing designed the 787-10 for both superior efficiency and maximum commonality. Ninety-five percent of the design and build of the 787-10 and 787-9 will be identical, reducing complexity, cost and risk across the entire production system while providing operational benefits to customers.

The 787-10, which will undergo final assembly at Boeing South Carolina in North Charleston, will set a new benchmark in efficiency when deliveries begin in 2018. With a robust range capability covering more than 90% of the world's twin-aisle routes, the 787-10 will deliver 25% better fuel use and emissions than the airplanes it will replace and at least 10% better than anything being offered by the competition in the future.

"Beginning major assembly early underscores the commitment, discipline and performance of the entire Boeing and partner team worldwide," says Ken Sanger, vice president of 787 Airplane Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We are taking all the right steps to ensure we integrate the 787-10 into the production system smoothly."

To date, the 787-10 has won 153 orders from nine leading customers around the world, accounting for 13% of all 787 orders.