The Paris Air Show starts tomorrow and Boeing seems set to steal some of the focus away from the new Airbus A350 by confirming that it will proceed with the Dreamliner 787-10 series.
The 787-10 is set to be the largest aircraft in the 787 range (the 787-8 series is already in operation and will be followed shortly by the larger 787-9 series) with seating for up to 323 passengers. It is thought that Boeing had been waiting for enough blue-chip customers to place ‘orders’ for the aircraft before finally giving the project the green light.
Singapore Airlines has said that it will take 30 of the new aircraft while United & British Airways are also thought to be keen. The UK flag carrier already has firms orders for the 787-8 (which arrives this month) and 787-9, but earlier this month confirmed an option for a further 18 Dreamliners. The fact that the airline failed to specify which model the order was for, as well as stating that the aircraft were intended to replace its ageing fleet of 747s, points to at least part of this order (and the rumour is for 10 aircraft) being for the 787-10.