Boeing lifts the cover on new 787-10X rendering

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In his Boeing Investor Conference presentation today, 787 vice president and general manager, Scott Fancher, included something extra in his accompanying slides: A new rendering of Boeing’s 787-10X.
The last rendering of the aircraft was first unveiled in 2007 when the notional 787-10 was first presented at the Paris Air Show. At that point, the aircraft would have been optimized to supplant the 777-200ER with a comparable range and payload.
Jim Albaugh, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, says the new jet – a simple fuselage stretch of the 787-9 – will include 43 more seats than its 270-seat smaller predecessor. 
“I believe this will be an airplane we will probably do,” says Albaugh.
The rendering didn’t initially show up on the original presentation as it was broadcasting live, but materialized after the event in the accompanying materials. Interestingly, it’s now the second time we’ve seen a Boeing concept aircraft in the “ghost” Dreamliner colors.
A few interesting notes about this rendering, which offers official confirmation that there will be a stretch of the 47 Section aft fuselage. Also, the design is definitely shorter than the 2007 concept and eliminates any stretch of the Spirit AeroSystems-built forward 41 Section. If you look closely, you can almost see a subtle fuselage join in front of Kawasaki-built Section 43, perhaps suggesting the addition of a new “Section 42″ barrel between the center and forward fuselages.

4 Responses to Boeing lifts the cover on new 787-10X rendering

  1. Airplane guy May 25, 2011 at 6:51 am #

    The dash 10 pretty much has to be stretched other than in the the mid-body or it will not fit in the LCF. The dash 9 will be a tight fit as it is.

  2. Wilbur Wrong Way Corrigan May 25, 2011 at 7:18 am #

    At this point, I really don’t care about future plans for the 787 family. Until the assembly lines are humming along producing aircraft fit to serve the airlines, all of this talk about 787-10X is just that, talk.

    It’s way past time for Boeing to get this program straightened out, and until they do that, all these future designs are meaningless.

  3. Cristiano May 25, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    BE WELCOME 787-10X! I WANT YOU!

  4. Mike June 2, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    Wilbur,
    I agree that talk is cheap but you have to realize what Boeing is up to here and I believe that the -10X may go against 777 replacement and of course, stretch A350s. It would seem they are showing hints of a roadmap. Hopefully at Paris, we’ll get some hints on the 737. They have to communicate with the investor community and investors always want to know ‘what’s next’.

    I do agree though, that the 787 has been an exhausting journey of setbacks. But who knows, it may still emerge as a champion in 10 years. When you look at the radical changes this lady has brought to the table (composites, logistics, etc.) it is truly amazing. The A350 has yet to enter its own rough waters. They wont get to ‘coast’ into EIS either. They will have their own surprises.