Virgin Atlantic is considering adding the Boeing 787-10 to its Dreamliner fleet.
“It would make a lot of sense for us to have some -10s,” Chairman Richard Branson said in an interview in Dallas, Texas. “We are definitely exploring that.”
The 787-10 is longer and larger than the 787-9, which will make its worldwide debut in the middle of this year with launch airline Air New Zealand.
Virgin Atlantic has signed on the dotted line for 16 of the mid-sized Boeing 787-9, with the first to begin flying in September, and holds options to buy five more.
However, Branson said his airline would be more likely to place new orders for the 787-10 rather than converting some of its current 787-9 orders to the larger plane.
The Boeing 787-10 doesn't boast the extended range of its smaller sibling but is designed to pack more passengers from tip to tail, at up to 330 travellers in a three-class layout compared to 250–290 passengers for a similarly-configured 787-9.
Boeing expects first deliveries of the 788-10 Dreamliner to begin in 2018 and already holds order from Etihad Airways and Singapore Airlines for 30 of the jets apiece, United Airlines (20) and British Airways (12).
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