Singapore Airlines will take delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 in March, with Osaka inked as the first destination and the possibility of an Australian route to follow.
The stretched Dreamliner will also mark the debut of Singapore Airlines' all-new regional business class seat, which is arranged in a staggered 1-2-1 layout, giving direct aisle access to every passenger.
301 economy class seats – expected to use the same seat as the airline's latest Airbus A380s – will complete the configuration, with the Dreamliner foregoing premium economy.
Singapore Airlines' Boeing 787-10 fleet, and a forthcoming regional tranche of Airbus A350-900 jets fitted with the same business class seat, will be used on medium-range 'regional' routes spanning up to eight hours.
Delivery of this first of 49 Boeing 787-10s is expected to take place in late March, with familiarisation flights to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur from April 3 before the start of a daily service to Osaka on May 3.