Singapore Airlines welcomed the world’s first 787-10 aircraft as it arrived in Singapore from Boeing’s production facility in North Charleston, South Carolina.
The newest variant of Boeing’s Dreamliner family of aircraft was received at an arrival ceremony at Changi Airport graced by Singapore’s Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, together with beneficiaries from the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) Katong School and other invited guests.
Guests who attended the event also had the opportunity to witness the unveiling of SIA’s next generation regional cabin products, which will be fitted on the new 787-10s. They include all-new Business Class seats which recline into fully-flat beds.
“The 787-10 is designed with the latest in technological innovations and SIA is proud to be the launch customer for this newest and largest variant of Boeing’s Dreamliner family,” said Singapore Airlines CEO, Mr Goh Choon Phong, who travelled on the delivery flight from North Charleston.
“With the unveiling of our new regional cabin products, today’s milestones represent Singapore Airlines’ commitment and dedication to providing our customers with a premium travel experience like no other.”
SIA’s 787-10s will be used on flights up to eight hours and will commence scheduled service between Singapore and both Osaka and Perth in May 2018, with more destinations to be added as additional aircraft are received. Prior to these services, the aircraft will be operated on select services to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for crew training purposes.
SIA is the largest customer for the 787-10, with firm orders for 49 of the type. The Airline also has a firm order with Boeing for 20 777-9s, which are due for delivery from the 2021/22 financial year.