Boeing has announced 49 orders for its 787 Dreamliners during the Singapore Airshow including confirmation of a previously announced Thai Airways order and the continuation of Royal Brunei Airlines’ use of the 787 family. 

The news confirms that Thai has selected the 787-9 for its order, following an announcement from its CEO that it had ordered 45 Boeing jets of an unspecified model, and will see Royal Brunei add the 787-9 to its fleet for the first time. 

Sabirin bin Jaji Abdul Hamid, CEO of Royal Brunei, said: “The forthcoming arrival of the 787-9 Dreamliner symbolizes a bold step forward in our ongoing journey toward innovation and excellence. 

“Royal Brunei Airlines has been operating the 787-8 for the last 10 years and this order will ensure we continue with a product that our customers have come to enjoy.” 

Royal Brunei currently operates five 787-8s as part of its fleet and will use the larger 787-9 to expand capacity and medium and long-haul services to Asia, Australia, the Middle East and the UK. 

Meanwhile, the Thai order continues a 60 year relationship between the airline and Boeing and will see a three-fold increase in its widebody fleet over the next two decades, with the aircraft expected for delivery between 2027 and 2033. 

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Brad McMullen, Boeing’s senior vice president of commercial sales and marketing  

News of the two orders at the beginning of the airshow and will be welcome news for the US manufacturer amid a series of bad headlines around its 737 family of aircraft. 

An investigation into the blow out of a door plug on an Alaska Airlines flight found that the 737 MAX aircraft involved may have left a Boeing factory missing key bolts on the panel while the company was also forced to admit extra work was needed on 50 undelivered 737s to fix an issue with mis-drilled holes, possibly delaying their delivery.