Boeing’s 787-10 Dreamliner – which is already on order by both Emirates and Etihad – has been cleared for commercial service by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Boeing announced on Tuesday.
According to Boeing, the Dreamliner has now received an amended type certificate (ATC), following a test flight programme that began in March 2017 in which three test aircraft accumulated 900 flight hours.
As part of the test programme, Boeing personnel took the aircraft through a series of tests to confirm the Dreamliner’s handlings, systems and overall performance met internal requirements and certification standards.
“We are pleased to have met the rigorous standards set forth by the FAA and are eager to bring the aeroplane 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 aeroplane in service later this year.”
To date, Boeing has over 170 orders from for the 787-10 from nine customers worldwide, including 30 for Abu Dhabi’s Etihad and 40 for Dubai’s Emirates that were announced at the Dubai Airshow in November.
Speaking at the Airshow, Kevin McAllister, the President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes said that the 787-10s “will open new destinations around the world for Emirates and will deliver Emirates the lowest cost-per-seat mile and the most efficient twin-aisle in the skies.”
The first delivery of a 787-10 is expected to Singapore Airlines in the first half of 2018, not long before the first delivery to Etihad is expected. The first 787-10 deliveries for Emirates are expected in 2022.