Boeing has completed detailed design for the 787-10 Dreamliner.
The major milestone critical to development programs means the information needed to build parts and tools for assembly has been completed and released for fabrication or procurement.
Major assembly of the 787-10, the newest and longest member of the 787 family, will begin in 2016, followed by first flight in 2017 and first delivery in 2018.
“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 Vice President 787 Airplane Development, Ken Sanger. “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.”
As a straightforward stretch of the 787-9, which entered service in 2014, Boeing designed the 787-10 for superior efficiency as well as maximum commonality.
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.
The 787-10 has a range of 6,430 nautical miles (11,910 km).
To date, the 787-10 has logged 164 orders from nine customers around the world, accounting for 14% of all 787 orders.