Boeing has announced it has completed the detailed design of the 787-10 Dreamliner, nearly two weeks ahead of schedule.
The detailed-design completion milestone is critical to every development program because it means the information needed to build parts and tools for assembly has been completed and released for fabrication or procurement, according to Boeing.
Boeing is planning for major assembly of the 787-10 to begin in 2016, followed by first flight of the new 787 version in 2017 and first delivery of a 787-10 to a customer in 2018.
The manufacturer has designed the 787-10 as a straightforward stretch of the 787-9, which entered service in 2014.
According to Boeing, 95 per cent of the design and build of the 787-10 and 787-9 will be identical, reducing complexity, cost and risk across the production system and providing operational benefits to customers.
The 787-10 is the third and longest member of the 787 family. It will offer a range with typical passenger load of 6,430 nautical miles (11,910 kilometers).
To date, the 787-10 has logged firm orders for 164 aircraft from nine customers and the version accounts for 14 per cent of all 787 orders.