Kansai International Airport (KIX) will become the first scheduled-flight destination for Singapore Airline’s new B787-10. The aircraft will be deployed on Singapore Airlines’ KIX-SIN route, starting operation from May 2018.
Singapore Airlines is the launch customer for the B787-10 and the new service will be on top of Singapore Airlines’ current schedule of 14 flights per week between KIX and SIN. The B787-10 is an upgrade of the current A330-300 used on the route.
The 787-10 features a 6.7 metre fuselage stretch over the B787-9, which features a 5 metre stretch of the original B787-8. Both the B787-9 and B787-10 will offer substantial belly capacity – the B787-9 can accommodate six full-size pallets up front and 16 LD-3s aft. In total the B787-9 offers a capacity greater than that of B777-200ER. The -10 model, with 6.7 metres more fuselage, will offer greater belly capacity.
In 2013, Singapore Airlines placed an initial order of 30 B787-10 aircraft with the first aircraft will be delivered between 2018 and 2019.
On 9 February 2017, Singapore Airlines signed a letter of intent to purchase 39 aircraft – 20 Bo777-9 and an additional 19 B787-10 with the dea including options for 12 more aircraft. The proposed order, which is valued at US$13.8 billion based on published list prices, includes flexibility for the Singapore Airlines Group to substitute the B787-10 orders for other variants of the B787 family.