Singapore Airlines has announced that Osaka, Japan will be the first scheduled destination for its new Boeing 787-10 fleet, with services expected to begin in May.

The airline will be the first to operate the 787-10, with the first aircraft set for delivery from Boeing’s production facility in South Carolina in March and a further 49 on order.

Prior to the introduction of regular scheduled services to Osaka, the 787-10s will operate selected Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur flights for crew training.

The longest of Boeing’s Dreamliner range, the aircraft is fitted with 337 seats, with 36 in Business class and 301 in Economy. Singapore Airlines says it will debut its new regional cabin products on the 787-10. More details will be available at a later date.

Singapore Airlines also has 20 777-9s on order, which are due for delivery from the 2021/22 financial year.

Tan Kai Ping, senior vice president of market planning at Singapore Airlines, said: “We are honoured to be the first to fly the highly advanced Boeing 787-10. It will be a key element of SIA’s overall growth strategy, enabling us to expand our network reach and strengthen our operations.

“The introduction of our new regional cabin products on the 787-10s is part of our commitment to continuous product innovation and leadership, to enhance the premium travel experience for our customers.”