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The third and the lat­est mem­ber of Boe­ing’s com­mer­cial jet Dream­liner fam­ily, the B787-10, took to the skies for the first time on March 31, 2107, from the Boe­ing fa­cil­ity in South Carolina, com­plet­ing a suc­cess­ful flight lasting for nearly four hours. Boe­ing Com­mer­cial Air­planes Pres­i­dent & CEO Kevin McAl­lis­ter hailed the air­craft as “the most ef­fi­cient in its class”, say­ing it would give car­ri­ers “added flex­i­bil­ity in grow­ing their net­works and build on the over­whelm­ing suc­cess of the 787 fam­ily”. Pi­loted by Boe­ing test cap­tains Tim Berg and Mike Bryan, the Dash-10 per­formed tests on flight con­trols, sys­tems and han­dling qual­i­ties and will now un­dergo com­pre­hen­sive flight test­ing be­fore de­liv­er­ies in the first half of next year. The air­craft has 149 or­ders from nine com­pa­nies across the globe in­clud­ing launch cus­tomer Sin­ga­pore Air­lines, Air Lease Cor­po­ra­tion (ALC), All Nip­pon Air­ways (ANA), British Air­ways, Eti­had Air­ways, EVA Air, GE Cap­i­tal Avi­a­tion Ser­vices (GECAS), KLM Royal Dutch Air­lines and United Air­lines. Boe­ing says the Dash-10, at 5.5 me­tres longer than the B787-9, of­fers 25 per cent lower fuel con­sump­tion than the air­craft it will re­place. The 787 Dream­liner fam­ily is a key part of Boe­ing’s twin-aisle strat­egy to of­fers a mod­ern, op­ti­mised and ef­fi­cient air­plane fam­ily in ev­ery mar­ket seg­ment.

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