The Associated Press reported on Sept. 14 that The Boeing Co. (Chicago, Ill., USA) is contemplating manufacture of an even longer version of the 787, dubbed the 787-10.
The base model of the 787, which seats up to 250 passengers, is in production and being delivered right now. The 787-9, which accounts for 300 of the 800 orders on the books and seats up to 290 passengers, is in development and is expected to be delivered in early 2014. The aircraft manufacturer has been delivering the base model of the new 787 for a year now.
According to the report, Ray Conner, who runs Boeing's commercial airplane division, speaking at a Morgan Stanley analyst conference on Sept. 14, says the planemaker is considering the 787-10, which would feature two additional or fuselage sections. Conner says the main question is whether the bigger plane would need redesigned landing gear.
The report does not indicate when the company might decide about whether or not to move forward with the new design.