New line of Boeing 787-10 aircraft is about to join Vietnam Airlines' fleet in July 2019. Images from Twitter accounts show that VN-A879 aircraft are in the final stage before being transferred to Vietnam National Airlines.
Boeing 787-10 is the largest variant of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Vietnam Airlines is currently operating Boeing 787-9 with 11 aircraft. Air Lease Corporation said that Vietnam Airlines will convert 8 787-9 aircraft to 787-10 between 2019 and 2021.
The largest version of the 787 Dreamliner, Boeing 787-10 with a length of 68,30 m; longer than 62.8 m of 787-9. It is estimated that Boeing 787-10 can carry up to 330 passengers in 3 classes: standard, standard and standard. Meanwhile, Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787-9 has two versions with a seat arrangement with total seats of 274 (3 class seats) and 311 (2 class seats) passengers.
Special economy class on Boeing 787-9
Boeing 787-10 has a range of about 11,750 km, 2,200 km shorter than 787-9. However, the number of seats of version 787-10 may exceed 40 seats compared to 787-9. Compared with rival Airbus A350-900, Boeing 787-10 has higher operating efficiency with lower fuel costs per mile.
In the future, Boeing 787-10 may be operated by Vietnam Airlines on domestic flights with large frequencies like Hanoi – TP. Ho Chi Minh City, as well as routes to Asian countries. While Boeing 787-9 continues to be operated for transcontinental routes.