Boeing recently completed detailed design for the 787-10 Dreamliner and will probably be joining the Boeing Business Jet family soon to add another choice in the competitive VVIP aircraft market.
The BBJ 787-8 has a cabin area of 2,415 ft² (224 m²) and the BBJ 787-9 has 2,775 ft² (257.8 m²). The extra 18 ft (5.5 m) of extra fuselage on the 787-10 version would add approximately 300 ft² (28 m²).
The 787-10 is the third and longest member of the 787 family. With a range of 6,430 nautical miles (11,910 km) for the commercial aircraft version, the 787-10 will cover more than 90 percent of the world’s twin-aisle routes at a whole new level of fuel efficiency: 25 percent more fuel efficient than the airplanes it will replace and at least 10 percent better than anything offered by the competition for the future.
To date, the 787-10 has logged 164 orders from nine customers around the world, accounting for 14 percent of all 787 orders.
Major assembly of the 787-10 will begin in 2016, followed by first flight in 2017 and first delivery in 2018. Ninety-five percent of the design and build of the 787-10 and 787-9 will be identical, reducing complexity, cost and risk across the production system and providing operational benefits to customers.
“With the 787-10, we are building upon our experience and the 787-9 design itself to create this newest member of the super-efficient 787 family,” said Ken Sanger, vice president of 787 Airplane Development. “Through our dedicated team and our disciplined processes, we have optimized the design for the needs of the market and are excited as we look forward to production.”