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Boeing Completes Detailed Design for 787-10 Dreamliner

The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner is the latest and longest member in the Boeing 787 family of commercial aircraft. It was officially launched at the 2013 Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France, in June 2013. Boeing has finalized the detailed design for the forthcoming 787-10, the company said Wednesday.

With the detailed design completed, Boeing can now release for fabrication or procurement the information needed to build parts and aircraft assembly tools. It expects to begin major assembly of the 787-10 next year, followed by first flight in 2017 and first delivery in 2018.

The new Dreamliner can reach a distance of 12,964km, covering more than 90% of the world's twin-aisle routes. It is expected to be 25% more fuel efficient compared with other aircraft of similar size. The 787-10 is a stretched, shorter-range but higher-capacity version of the Dreamliner: 224 feet long, it seats around 330 passengers and has a range of about 7,400 miles.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) placed a $1.4bn order for three 787-10 Dreamliners in January 2015. GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), meanwhile, placed a $2.9bn order for ten aircraft in September 2013. Ninety-five percent of the design and build of the 787-10 and 787-9 will be identical, Boeing said.

“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, Boeing vice president of 787 development. “We have optimized the design for the needs of the market and are excited as we look forward to production.”

The Boeing 787-10 will be powered by either Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 or GE Aviation GEnx-1B engines. The Trent 1000 engine will generate a maximum thrust of 78,000lbf, whereas the GEnx-1B will provide a maximum take-off thrust of 76,100lbf. 787-10's wing structure, made of composite materials such as carbon laminate and carbon sandwich, provides a higher aspect ratio, which, combined with efficiency-enhancing raked wing tips, enables the aircraft to achieve a maximum cruise speed of up to Mach 0.85 with less fuel consumption.

The new Dreamliner is currently being designed at the Everett facility in Washington and final assembly is scheduled to begin in 2017 in North Charleston, South Carolina, US. First delivery is expected in 2018.

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