Boeing has announced that its 787-10 Dreamliner has received an amended type certificate (ATC) from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), clearing the aircraft for commercial service.
The ATC follows a flight test programme that began in March 2017 and involved three flight test aircraft that accumulated about 900 test hours.
“We are pleased to have met the rigorous standards set forth by the FAA and are eager to bring the airplane to market for our valued customers,” said Brad Zaback, Vice President and General Manager of the 787 programme. “After years of design and testing, our team has proven the quality, safety and reliability of the newest member of the Dreamliner family and we look forward to seeing the airplane in service later this year.”
Other aviation regulatory agencies are expected to follow the FAA’s lead and certify the aircraft before it enters service.
As a stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 retains over 95% commonality while adding seats and cargo capacity.
Boeing said the aircraft can fly 330 passengers, in a typical two-class configuration, up to 6,430 nautical miles (11,910 km).
To date, Boeing has over 170 orders for the 787-10 from nine customers worldwide. First delivery is expected to Singapore Airlines in the first half of 2018.