Aircraft maker Boeing announced the launch of the third version of its 787 Dreamliner aircraft – the 787-10 – for customer orders on June 18 at the 2013 Paris Air Show.
The 787-10 will have the highest passenger capacity (330-350 seats) of the three versions of the 787 Dreamliner. The 787-9, the second version of the Dreamliner which follows the already operational 787-8, is currently undergoing final assembly with its first flight expected in late 2013.
Final assembly and flight tests of the 787-10 will begin in 2017 and the first delivery is expected in 2018.
Five customers have ordered a total of 102 Boeing 787-10s so far – Air Lease Corporation with an order for 30 airplanes, GE Capital Aviation Services with 10 planes, International Airlines Group / British Airways with 12 planes subject to shareholder approval, Singapore Airlines with 30 aircraft and United Airlines with 20 airplanes.
Boeing claims that the 787-10 will be the most efficient jetliner in history with 25 percent more fuel efficiency than current aircraft of its size.