Charleston, South Carolina - On Jun 14, the first Boeing 787-10 of KLM made its maiden flight at the Boeing's Charleston factory in South Carolina.
If all tests are performed as planned before, the Dutch flag carrier expects to receive the aircraft at the end of this month.
The 787-10 registered PH-BKA was christened as 'Orange blossom' to honor the airline's 100th anniversary this year. The livery of the aircraft features a special inscription referring to the 100th year of the Dutch company.
The 787-10 is the largest member of the Boeing's Dreamliner family. It is almost six meters longer than the 787-9 that KLM already operates and can, therefore, accommodate 50 seats more with a total seating capacity for 344 passengers - 38 in Business Class and the rest in Economy and Economy Comfort.
KLM has eight Boeing 787-10 on order with the American aircraft manufacturer.
The number of 787-10s may be expanded further in the future. KLM and Air France have made an order exchange. Air France will receive the seven Airbus A350-900 ordered by KLM and the Dutch operator will take over the six Boeing 787-9 expected by its French partner.
KLM keeps the option to exchange those 787-9s with the 787-10s.
Update: On June 17, KLM has placed an order for one more Boeing 787-10 through lease company Air Lease Corporation. ALC will delievr the aircraft to the Dutch carrier in the spring of 2021.
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