Friday, February 9, 2018

Singapore Airlines Announces World's First Boeing 787-10 Route

Singapore Airlines is the delivery customer of Boeing’s next-generation 787-10 Dreamliner. The airline will receive the first of the new planes, out of a total order of 49 of them, from the aircraft manufacturer in March.

Singapore has now announced that the plane’s first scheduled destination will be Osaka beginning May 3, 2018. The route from Singapore to Osaka is just over 3,000 miles and clocks in at six hours, fifteen minutes, giving travelers plenty of time to test out the jet’s bells and whistles.

Prior to the launch of the route to Osaka, the airline will fly the 787-10 on select flights to Bangkok and Singapore in order to familiarize crew with its operation.

The 787-10 is the largest of Boeing’s Dreamliner family, which also includes the 787-8 and 787-9. It is 68 meters long, which is five meters longer than the 787-9 and 11 meters longer than the 787-8, has a wingspan of 60 meters, a cruising speed of up to 647 miles per hour and a range of up to 6,430 nautical miles.

Perhaps more interesting for fliers is the fact that Singapore’s configuration of the jet will have 337 seats total onboard, including 301 economy seats and 36 of the airline’s new regional business class seats, called the Stelia Opal, according to Australian Business Traveller.

“The introduction of our new regional cabin products on the 787-10s is part of our commitment to continuous product innovation and leadership, to enhance the premium travel experience for our customers,” said Singapore Airlines Vice President of Marketing and Planning, Tan Kai Ping.

(Eric Rosen - Forbes)

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