Boeing reports successful inaugural flight of its 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft

The Boeing (NYSE: BA) 787-10 Dreamliner, the newest and longest model of the 787 family, has completed a successful 4 hour 58 minute flight at Boeing South Carolina, the company said.

Piloted by Boeing Test & Evaluation Capts. Tim Berg and Mike Bryan, the airplane performed tests on flight controls, systems, and handling qualities. The 787-10 will now undergo comprehensive flight testing before customer deliveries begin in the first half of 2018.

The 787-10 has won 149 orders from nine customers across the globe including launch customer Singapore Airlines, Air Lease Corporation (ALC), All Nippon Airways (ANA), British Airways, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and United Airlines.

As an 18-foot (5.5-m) stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 will deliver the 787 family´s preferred passenger experience and long range with 25% better fuel per seat and emissions than the airplanes it will replace and 10% better than current competition.

The 787 Dreamliner family is a key part of Boeing´s twin-aisle airplane strategy. Since entering service in 2011, the 787 family has flown more than 152 million people on over 560 unique routes around the world, saving an estimated 14 billion pounds of fuel.

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