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Australian Business Traveller will be on the delivery flight of Singapore Airlines' first – indeed, the world's first – Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, so I thought it'd be good to share some of the details for those who're interested.
The delivery ceremony proper takes place at Boeing's Charleston, South Carolina facility (where the -10s are assembled) on the evening of March 26.
We depart CHS at 2300-ish (emphasis on the -ish, could be a bit after midnight on March 27, and flight number TBA) and will make a short 'tech stop' to refuel at Osaka (no time advised as yet).
After that, it's onwards to Singapore for the official welcome event at Changi's JetQuay VIP terminal on the morning of March 28, although the 787-10 will detour via T2 for passengers who wish to disembark at that stage rather than continue onto the welcome event.
As mentioned here, there will be a seperate invitation-only preview event for SQ's high-rating PPS Club members on the evening on March 28, which is also being held at JetQuay.
And if you think Charleston-Osaka-Singapore's a bit of a stretch, the flight to get there will be even longer: we'll be flying Sydney-Singapore, then Singapore to New York via Frankfurt (roll on, non-stop Singapore-New York flights!) and then from New York to Charleston.
Also, within reason, I'm happy to answer reasonable questions regarding this delivery flight and the general nature of a delivery flight / press trip.
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Originally Posted by MarkJohnSon
Once an invite is extended, I consider story value (we don't accept every trip offered) and other factors such as timing and who might be best suited for the assignment.
For example, Sid Raja is doing the Qantas Perth-London Boeing 787 inaugural because both Chris and myself have done Qantas Boeing 787 trips, so it's good to get a different perspective (it also clashes with the SQ trip, and this often comes into play as well – sometimes trips overlap so we need to juggle accordingly). I sometimes gravitate towards news-heavy trips with interviews and angles as I'm a bit of a news-hound, while any time there's a trip with lounges and seats to review I know that Chris is the most reliable go-to guy because he just aces that stuff.
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