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June 16, 2014

BREAKING: Boeing 787-9 Earns FAA, EASA Certification

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Written by: Ken McQuillan
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Boeing’s newest offering in the 787 family received certification today from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The 787-9 is on track to meet its first delivery obligation to launch customer Air New Zealand. “Certification is the culmination of years of hard work and a rigorous flight-test program that started with the 787-9’s first flight last September,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “With this validation that the airplane is ready for commercial operations, Boeing along with our airline and leasing customers now look forward to introducing the newest member of the Dreamliner family to passengers around the world.”

The 787-9 fuselage is stretched by 20 feet over the 787-8, and will fly more passengers and cargo with the same exceptional environmental performance as the 787-8, which equates to 20 percent less fuel consumption and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized planes.

Additionally, the FAA granted Boeing an Amended Production Certificate, confirming that the Boeing production system can produce 787-9s that conform to Boeing’s design.

The 787-9 already has 413 orders from 26 customers from all over the world, which account for 40 percent of all 787 orders to date.

Ken McQuillan is a contributor to NYCAviation.com and an aerial photojournalist based in Detroit, MI. Follow Ken on Twitter. 



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