The new commercial jets finally made their debut for both Boeing and Airbus.
The 787-10 of Boeing took over the skies from South Carolina on 31st March, 2017 and it spent about four hours and fifty eight minutes in the air.
This aircraft is known as the Dreamliner and it is the biggest 787 variant for the company. The plan has the same wingspan of 60m and a cross section of 574 cm as the other two variants 787-9 and 787-8, but the length is about 68m, which is 5 meters longer than the other two variants due to which the Boeing 787-10 can pack about 38 added passengers in the recommended configurations by Boeing.
Due to this extra size, the 787-10 would have a shorter range, which is the only drawback. The plane would be comfortable covering 11,910 Km. Therefore, for flights going from Europe to Asia, Europe to west coast of US, or from Northern Asia to North America, it is perfect. But for farther flights like from Australia to US will be too far.
Those longer routes would need the forthcoming Boeing 777-9 which would leave 787-10 a promising option for replacements of all 767s on routes that are trans-Atlantic and older 747s, 777s and A340s as well for longer hops.
787-10 has to undergo a lot of testing before it can carry passengers. The previous 787s have already passed these tests, so this aircraft would also pass the tests before Boeing’s deadline of first half of 2018.
The new variant of Airbus also touched the skies for the first time. A319neo flew to Toulouse from Frankfurt last Friday.
A319 is the smallest of all the A320 aircrafts. It offers a maximum seating of 156 and has a range of up to 7000Km.
However, if required, the A319 can hop over the Atlantic. It is going to do shorter route duty as the aircraft’s single aisle clearly states that it is not suited for long flights.
The latest neo range has new engine options for operators and the debut flight was made using propulsion by the LEAP-1A engines of CFM international.
The focus for both the plane makers has been on lowering the operating costs in the new aircrafts. This is because the passenger services have really low margins.
This low margin is not stopping the airlines from sprouting up all around the world to cater to the needs of people with enough cash to afford flying. Indian and other airlines in Asia have placed dozens of orders to cater to the middle class travelers due to which both Airbus and Boeing have huge backlogs of orders.
The new planes have been designed and developed keeping that in mind and would definitely cover some backlog orders for both Airbus and Boeing.