The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an amazing airplane and it keeps getting better with each new release. The latest iteration from Boeing is the 787-10. This version will hold more passengers due to its length. It can hold 330 passengers as opposed to the 787-9 which carries 290 and the 787-8 which holds 242. Note that seat configurations will vary by airline.
In terms of range, the newest model has the shortest range of all three airplanes at 6,430 nautical miles. This makes sense since it is carrying more passengers, so a shorter range is the trade off.
The current commercial airline customers for the 787-10 are: ANA, British Airways, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, KLM, Singapore Airlines and United Airlines.
As these customers are across all three major airline alliances you’ll have no issues with mileage redemptions as they come online. You will have to wait until 2018 though as that’s when it’s expected to make it’s first commercial revenue flight.
Many airlines are already flying Dreamliner aircraft and it has been received well by passengers. These planes boast some of the fastest flight times, longest routes and best upper class service in the sky. Here are some of the latest carriers to take delivery.
Latest Airlines to Start Flying the Dreamliner
Air France took delivery of their first 787-9 in December 2016. They flew Paris to London’s Heathrow for training runs in January before launching the aircraft on the Paris to Cairo route.
The Air France Boeing 787-9 has three cabins. The Business class cabin has 30 seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. All seats are lie flat with all the typical Business class amenities. The Premium Economy cabin is in a 2-3-2 configuration with 21 seats in three rows. This cabin has adjustable footrests, 12″ screens for the entertainment system plus in-seat power. In Economy class, there are 225 seats for a total of 276 seats on the entire airplane. The new aircraft are Wifi enabled.
Mileage redemption can be done using the Delta SkyMiles program as Air France is a founding member of the SkyTeam alliance of which Delta is a member.
Korean took delivery of the 787-9 on February 21, 2017. This the first Korean carrier to fly the Dreamliner. As is customary with all new fleet types, the airline usually flies on a domestic route to train staff. For Korean Air, that will be Jeju from Seoul-Gimpo for the first month.
Then they will commence flights to Los Angeles, Madrid, and Zurich. Korean Air is SkyTeam member so you can redeem your Delta miles for these flights. By the end of 2019, they should have a total of 10 787-9 Dreamliners in the fleet.
The airplane is configured with 6 Sleeper First Class seats in a 2-2-2 layout. There are 18 Prestige Suites, n a 2-2-2 layout. The seat pitch is 75″ with a 21″ width in both cabins. While in the New Economy class, there are seats in a 3-3-3 configuration with a 33-34″ pitch with 17.2″ seat width for a total of 254 seats. The total seats on the airplane is 269.
Qantas is expected to take delivery of their very first 787 later this year. The initial market will be Sydney to Melbourne, Australia. Qantas is expected to fly from Perth to London as it’s first international route.
The Boeing 787-9 will be configured with 236 seats in three cabins: Business class (42), Premium Economy (28) and Economy class (166). Qantas is using the 1-2-1 layout in Business Class with lie flat seats, 2-3-2 in Premium Economy and the standard 787 Economy class configuration of 3-3-3.
Qantas is a oneworld member, which means that mileage redemption can be done using the American AAdvantage program.