17 June 2014
Boeing (NYSE: BA) said its 787-9 Dreamliner has been certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for commercial service.
The company is now in the final stages of preparing for the first 787-9 delivery to launch customer Air New Zealand.
To earn certification for the 787-9, Boeing undertook a comprehensive test program with five airplanes and more than 1,500 hours of flight testing, plus ground and laboratory testing. Following the rigorous and thorough certification process, the FAA and EASA each granted Boeing an amended type certificate for the 787-9, certifying that the design complies with aviation regulations and is safe and reliable.
The FAA also has granted Boeing an amended production certificate, validating that the Boeing production system can produce 787-9s that conform to the design.
Twenty-six customers around the world have ordered 413 787-9s, accounting for 40 percent of all 787 orders.