Boeing just signaled the long journey in the design shop has ended for the 787-10. The mega builder learned from its 787-8 process how not to go there and there. It then built the 787-9 without missing a step. The mishap trail disappeared in the development weeds. The 787-9 was an opus effort for all things good and all things perfect. Sales kept soaring for the 787-9 (Below).
The excitement for the 787-10 climbed because of the 787-9 tests and delivery to New Zealand Air's "all black ops" entry into service excited the world. The giddy Boeing team knew it had validated the 787 concept coming from disastrous 787-8 days to the heady 787-9 march through designing, freezing, and successful first flight. All the 787-8 bogies were shot down by the 787-9 program.
It comes to the 787-10 with all the "how to" confidence and billions of experiential knowledge points on a new frame that is 95% 787-9 based. Continuous improvement has hit the big leagues with the 787-10 effort. It will fly forward without mishap. It will fly loaded for about 7,400 miles. It will seat up to forty more passengers than the 787-9, which is already comfortably outfitted with about 290 seats. Call it targeted for 330 seats for ocean busting covering 90% of the world market. If you want more then buy the 777-9X for 100% world market coverage and 405 seats.
Boeing Quote: Via E Turbo News
"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."
Using the word "excited" is an understatement from Ken Sanger. The first level order book stands at 164 787-10 sold. No one expected 164 before entry into service. It may rise in order number once it flies during the testing phase.
One more Boeing PR Quote:
"The 787-10 is the third and longest member of the 787 family. With a range of 6,430 nautical miles (11,910 km), 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."