The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have presented certifications to Boeing Corp. confirming that its new 787 commercial jet is certified for service, a landmark development for the overdue production program. Boeing followed that news with the announcement that its “launch customer” for the new jet, All-Nippon Airways (ANA) will take delivery of the first 787 on September 26.
The 787, or “Dreamliner,” is a wide-body twin-engine aircraft with long range and carrying capacity for 210 to 330 passengers. Boeing has said it will be its most fuel-efficient commercial jet, with a structure based on a large volume of composite materials helping to reduce fuel consumption by up to 20% versus similar-size jets. A more advanced aerodynamic design than previous jets, more-electric systems, and modern engines add to the 787’s appeal to airlines.
The Dreamliner is almost three years behind schedule because of various delays in design, production, and testing, though Boeing maintains it has orders for 827 of the new jets and remains confident it will deliver on its promise of greater fuel efficiency than current designs.
Last week, FAA administrator Randy Babbitt presented Boeing with the U.S. Type Certificate to verify that the 787 has been tested and found to be in compliance with all federal regulations. Similarly, Patrick Goudou, exec. director of EASA, presented with the European Type Certificate for the 787.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh stated: "Certification is a milestone that validates what we have promised the world since we started talking about this airplane. This airplane embodies the hopes and dreams of everyone fortunate enough to work on it. Their dreams are now coming true."