Singapore Airlines has taken delivery of the world’s first B787-10 at Boeing’s manufacturing facility in North Charleston, South Carolina. This is the first of 49 B787-10 aircraft that the airline has on firm order.
Together with the other B787 variants operated by Scoot under the SIA Group, Singapore Airlines is the only carrier to operate all variants of the B787 fleet.
Singapore Airlines will be operating the aircraft to Osaka and Perth in May, following short-haul deployments to Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok in April for crew familiarisation and training. The airline has also announced the it has plans to deploy the B787-10 aircraft to Nagoya and Fukuoka.
Passengers can look forward to the latest regional Business Class, which will be unveiled when the aircraft arrives in Singapore on 28 Mar 18. The aircraft will be configured with 337 seats in two classes: 36 in Business and 301 in Economy. The new regional Business Class will feature fully lie-flat seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, which is rumoured to resemble the seats below.
With the new regional Business Class product introduced into the fleet, it seems that Singapore Airlines is prepared to ensure that premium class travellers can enjoy all-aisle access even on shorter flights, an industry-leading move, in my opinion.