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London, UK - IAG's flag carrier British Airways is preparing to take delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner jet this week. The aircraft was initially set to be delivered early this year, but it was delayed.

”I think when we look at our fleet plan, we have seen a very significant shift in what the plan was when we announced it in November last year to what it will be for 2021 and 2022, and you do need to factor in the flexibility we have with the existing fleet and leased aircraft,”

British Airways' CEO Walsh said.

With the arrival of the 787-10, British Airways will become one of a few airlines in the world to operate all three variants of the Dreamliner family. The British carrier has already 12 Boeing 787-8 and 16 Boeing 787-9 in its fleet. The airline has 12 Boeing 787-10 on order with Boeing, of which the first unit will be delivered this week from Boeing's Charleston factory in South Carolina.

Boeing 787-10 is the largest variant of the Dreamliner family. Boeing was studying the possibility of stretching the 787-9 further to seat 290 to 310 passengers. This variant would be similar to the capacity of the Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 777-200ER. The developemnt of the aircraft was pushed the interest of two major global airlines Emirates and Qantas. Other customers followed Emirates and Qantas.

On May 30, 2013, Singapore Airlines (SIA) became the launch customer of the type.
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