Jakarta. Singapore Airlines, or SIA, announced on Thursday (08/02) that Osaka in Japan will be the first destination for its new Boeing 787-10.
The first flight is scheduled for May.
SIA will be the world's first airline to operate the aircraft. It ordered 49 units of the model, the first of which is going to arrive in Singapore from Boeing's North Charleston production facility in South Carolina in March.
Before the 787-10s start to fly to Osaka, their crew will train on flights to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.
The aircraft is fitted with 337 seats in two classes — 36 seats in business class. SIA is also going to introduce new cabin products.
"We are honored to be the first to fly the highly advanced Boeing 787-10. It will be a key element of SIA's overall growth strategy, enabling us to expand our network reach and strengthen our operations," Singapore Airlines senior vice president for marketing Tan Kai Ping said in a statement.
"The introduction of our new regional cabin products on the 787-10s is part of our commitment to continuous product innovation and leadership, to enhance the premium travel experience for our customers," he said.
Measuring 68 meters, the 787-10 is the longest variant of Boeing's Dreamliner range of aircraft, which are constructed using technologically advanced lightweight composite materials.
In addition to the 49 aircraft, SIA will purchase 20 Boeing 777-9 in the 2021-22 financial year.