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Wings of desire: Singapore Airshow highlights

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Qatar Airways’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Qatar Airways took part in the Singapore Airshow for the first time and its Boeing 787 Dreamliner was the other big commercial aircraft on display, alongside the Airbus 350XWB.

This was also the first time that any airline showcased a 787 at a Singapore Airshow, which takes place every two years.

The Qatar Airways 787, designed for long-haul flight, features 254 seats, improved cabin pressure and a more spacious seating plan. The airline has nine Boeing 787 Dreamliners. It will operate the 787 Dreamliner on its Singapore-Doha route, which will be the airline's first route in Southeast Asia to use the 787.

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has suffered from a string of problems since it came into service about two years ago. These included the grounding of the Dreamliner fleet last year over battery system problems. Earlier this month, pilots of an Air India Dreamliner had to divert mid-flight and were forced to land in Kuala Lumpur after facing computer troubles.

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