By the Numbers: Boeing 787-8 vs. 787-9 vs. 787-10
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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.
|Wingspan||197 ft., 4 in.||197 ft., 4 in.||197 ft., 4 in.|
|Cargo Capacity||9 pallets||11 pallets||13 pallets|
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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