While Boeing’s 787-10 Dreamliner jet has a seating capacity of around 330 and has a shorter mile range, Airbus SE’s A350-900 has a seating capacity of 325 but has a longer range. Boeing is scheduled to make its first delivery of the 787-10 to Singapore Airlines in early 2018, Airbus SE will ship the A350-1000 to Qatar Airways next month.
An executive from Boeing disclosed that the aircraft maker has completed engine tests with Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC for its newly certified 787-10 Dreamliner jet. However, it has still to complete those tests with General Electric Co’s engines.
On Monday, Boeing had stated that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration had certified the its biggest fuel-efficient model the 787-10 Dreamliner for commercial use.
Boeing is set to make the first delivery of the aircraft with Rolls-Royce engines to Singapore Airlines Ltd in the first half of 2018. It will begin shipping the same to United Airlines with GE equipped engines, in the second half of 2018.
“We are complete with all flight testing required for the first deliveries to Singapore and the Rolls-Royce family,” said Bob Whittington, Boeing’s 787 program chief project engineer.
“There is a little bit more testing to be done for the GE-powered airplanes a little bit later on,” said Whittington.
The 787-10 shares 95% of its parts with its predecessor 787-9; the main differences lies in the environmental control system, which is larger due to the longer length of the airplane and higher number of passengers, as well as in the landing gear, said Whittington.
Boeing’s 787-8, the first Dreamliner which is a much smaller model, shares nearly 80% of its components with the 787-10; it has been a slow seller.
With a seating capacity of 330 passengers, the 787-10 has a shorter flight range of 6,430 nautical miles (11,910 kms); Whittington did not rule out extending the range over time.
“We will continue to look and see if the market needs a couple of thousand more pounds take-off weight and we will continue those studies,” said Whittington.
Boeing’s 787-10 has so far received 171 firm orders from nine clients, the largest of which is Singapore Airlines.
Its competitor Airbus SE’s A350-900 model, seats nearly 325 passengers and has a longer range.
Airbus is schedule to make the first delivery of the A350-1000 to Qatar Airways next month.