Singapore-based carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA) has taken delivery of the first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner ever. This is a big milestone for both SIA and Boeing. This will be the first ever 787 delivered to Singapore Airlines. The largest of the 787 line of aircraft, Singapore Airlines has fitted the new plane with 337 seats in total, with 36 in business and 301 in economy. The aircraft has a range of 6,430 NM.
“It is an honour for us to be the world’s first airline to take delivery of this amazing aircraft,” said Mr. Goh Choon Phong, Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Airlines. “The 787-10 is a magnificent piece of engineering and truly a work of art. It will be an important element in our overall growth strategy, enabling us to expand our network and strengthen our operations.”
“This is a big day for all of us at Boeing and for our global supplier partners. We are thrilled to deliver the first 787-10 Dreamliner to Singapore Airlines, one of the world’s leading carriers. And we are honored by Singapore’s partnership and trust, as reflected by their repeated orders for the Dreamliner,” said Kevin McAllister, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and Chief Executive Officer. “The 787-10 will extend the Dreamliner effect that we are seeing across commercial aviation as the 787’s superior passenger experience and unmatched fuel efficiency helps airlines open new routes and achieve significant fuel savings and emission reduction.
Singapore Airlines’ low-cost subsidiary Scoot operates a fleet of 787 aircraft with 10 787-9s and 6 787-8s, with for four more 787-9’s on order. SIA has 48 more firm orders for the 787-10.
“This combination of our 787 family will allow Singapore Airlines to put the right airplane on the right route,” said McCallister.
So far, Boeing has 171 firm orders for the 787-10.
The airline has so far specified that the plane will start service from Singapore to Osaka, Japan and Perth, Australia beginning in May. Wether or not SIA will use the 787-10 for more routes to Europe or the Americas is unclear. These 787s, due to their high density configuration are expected to serve routes throughout Asia and Australia currently served by the airline’s aging Boeing 777-300ER’s.
Singapore Airlines is looking to compete with airlines with the likes of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar who have been putting up tough competition in the Asia and Australia marketplace. With the new 787-10’s saving 25% more fuel than its competitors, SIA hopes to sell tickets for these routes at a cheaper price.
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