Singapore Airlines gave a jump start Thursday to Boeings plans to build a larger version of its 787 Dreamliner.
The Asian airline said it was ordering 30 of the 320-seat 787-10 aircraft. While Boeing is offering the aircraft for sale, it hasnt formally committed to building the plane. The Singapore order is likely to spur the Boeing board to take that action.
While Boeing hasnt yet published a list price for the 787-10, the order is probably worth some $8 billion based on the prices for the smaller versions of the Dreamliner, the 787-9 and 787-8.
The 787-10 will likely replace the 777-200 in Boeings widebody line up. The twin-engine jet will seat some 320 passengers in a two-class configuration compared with about 240 for the 787-8 and 290 for the 787-9.