By the Numbers: Boeing 787-8 vs. 787-9 vs. 787-10

Apr 4, 2018

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With last week’s delivery of the very first 787-10 to Singapore Airlines, at Boeing’s Charleston, South Carolina factory, the manufacturer’s Dreamliner lineup — which first began passenger flights in 2011 with the smallest model, the 787-8 — is now complete.

The 787-10 is the largest model, measuring 38 feet longer than the smallest Dreamliner, the 787-8. That added capacity comes at the cost of range, though — with a maximum range of 8,785 miles, the -9 can travel nearly 1,400 miles farther than the -10.

The 787-9 Dreamliner is by far the most popular, given that it carries a large number of passengers while offering the maximum range. The 787-10, meanwhile, has seen just 171 orders, including 49 from Singapore, 30 from Etihad, 14 from United, 12 from British Airways and 8 from Air France-KLM, among others.

Below you’ll find Boeing’s three Dreamliner variants, by the numbers.

Model 787-8 787-9 787-10
Length (Feet) 186 206 224
Wingspan 197 ft., 4 in. 197 ft., 4 in. 197 ft., 4 in.
Seats (2-class) 242 290 330
Cargo Capacity 9 pallets 11 pallets 13 pallets
Range (Miles) 8,460 8,785 7,400
Total Orders 418 705 171

All three models boast features that improve passenger comfort, including lower altitude pressurization of 6,000 feet, higher humidity, LED lighting, large, electronic-dimming windows and a significant decrease in cabin noise.

They’re also great for airlines, since they’re far more efficient than previous-generation planes, offering a 20% reduction in fuel burn — and reduced emissions. Additionally, composite materials enable a 30% savings in maintenance costs, while flight-deck commonality allows 777 pilots to train for only five days before they’re able to fly the Dreamliner.

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