NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Excited might be an understatement when it comes to the Boeing team members feelings as they got ready to deliver the first 787-10 Dreamliner to Singapore Airlines.
Boeing South Carolina celebrated Sunday night as it prepares to deliver its first 787-10 Dreamliner this week.
"Just to see, you're going to make me cry, just to see it go from freezer to flight is just overwhelming," Quality Investigator Cindy Blodgett said.
The aircraft, built for Singapore Airlines, was constructed at its North Charleston assembly facility.
It's the newest and the biggest of three Dreamliners Boeing offers.
Employees say they are proud.
"Seeing it completed and actually stepping on the plane and knowing what goes on behind the scenes," Business Operation Manager Shemeh Shirbabadie said.
People gathered from around the world for this delivery celebration. One of the guests was Goh Choon Phong, the CEO of Singapore Airlines, the launch customer of the 787-10,
"It's been an honor for us to be the world's first airline to take delivery of this amazing aircraft," Phong said. "The 787- 10 is a magnificent piece of engineering and a work of art."
The airline ordered 30 of them in October. It has also committed to purchase 19 more 787-10s.
The 787-10 is 18 feet longer than the 787-9, and will deliver 25 percent better fuel-per-seat and emissions than the aircraft it will replace, according to Boeing spokesperson Joanna Pickup.
The airplane can fly 330 passengers in a two-class configuration for up to 6,430 nautical miles and has additional cargo capacity.
"One of the coolest things I like about this airplane is the windows," Blogdett said. "They're bigger you can see out more, you can tint them, just all kinds of things are really cool on it. I can't wait until I can fly on one."
Boeing has more than 170 orders for the 787-10 from nine customers worldwide.
Singapore Airlines will be the first customer to operate all three models of the Dreamliner family.