Singapore Airlines Set To Receive 1000th Boeing 787 Dreamliner – Performs Maiden Flight

After nearly nine years, Boeing is set to deliver its 1,000th 787 Dreamliner. 

Singapore Airline to receive 1000th B787 Dreamliner Photo: Singapore Airlines

The 1,000th Boeing 787 Dreamliner has already performed its first flight last week. The aircraft is going to be delivered to Singapore Airlines in days to come.

Registered 9V-SCP with manufacturing line number 1,000 and with call sign BOE016, the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner performed her maiden flight in Singapore Airlines’ livery on 3rd April.

This milestone production comes as a good news to Boeing, when the planemaker has been battling non-stop woes in form of the 737 Max and now COVID-19

1000th Dreamliner during its maiden flight Photo: Planespottergary

Singapore Airlines is expecting 49 more 787 Dreamliners in years to come. The airline already has 15 Boeing 787-10s in its fleet and 9V-SCP will be its 16th Dreamliner.

Looking at the aircraft, the Changi based airline is adding another milestone in deliveries. Singapore Airlines also took delivery of the 1000th Boeing 747 back in October 1993.

1000th Boeing 747 ever produced Photo: Singapore Airlines

The airline also took delivery of Airbus’ 10,000th aircraft with a special decal applied on its aft fuselage section of an A350-900.

Singapore Airlines taking delivery of 10,000th Airbus aircraft Photo: Airbus

During the delivery of their first 787-10 back in March 2018, Singapore Airlines CEO, Mr. Goh Choon Phong said:

“The 787-10 is indeed a magnificent piece of engineering and truly a work of art. It will be an important element in our overall growth strategy, enabling us to expand our network and strengthen our operations.”

With Singapore Airlines placing a lot of faith in this aircraft, along with the Airbus A350, these aircraft are expected to become the primary haulers for the airline.

Singapore Airlines also operates the World’s Longest Flight using Airbus A350-900 ULR from Singapore to New York.

Singapore Airlines operates longest flight using A350

After Boeing foresaw the demand for point-to-point travel using midsize planes, the manufacturer opened their order book in 2004. The aircraft performed its maiden flight on 15th December, 2009.

As of now, Boeing has so far received orders for 1,498 Dreamliners split among its three variants, the 787-8, 787-9 and 787-10. Boeing developed the stretched version of the 787-9, after Qantas and Emirates talked to Boeing.

Singapore Airlines then signed up to take 30 787-10 Dreamliners at the 2013 Paris Air Show, becoming the launch customer.

Whereas, Qantas never ordered for the type, though it operates 11 B787-9 and is expecting 3 more. Although, Emirates initially placed orders for the type, it canceled the order in 2019. 

Qantas operates 11 Dreamliners as of now Photo: Qantas

Although, it took Boeing nearly a decade to produce the 1000th 787 Dreamliner, it marks a major milestone for Boeing and the wider aviation industry.

The 787 Dreamliner is popular among the airlines from around the world as it is relatively cheaper to operate, has a respectable range and has wide flexibility.

This marks the fastest widebody aircraft to reach 1000 production units.

However, due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this delivery could take longer than expected. Airlines around the world are grounding large portion of their fleet and the demand for air travel has slumped to an all-time low.

B787 is the fastest widebody to reach this milestone

This aircraft could directly go into Boeing’s storage straight from the delivery centre, until things start to go back to normal.

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