The latest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has been certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for commercial service.
The aircraft manufacturer is now in the final stages of preparing for the first 787-9 delivery 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.”
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.
“Throughout 787-9 development, the dedication and discipline of our entire global team drove outstanding performance,” said Mark Jenks, vice president, 787 Airplane Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“From the start of assembly last spring to a flawless first flight and now our on-time certification, we thank everyone on the Boeing and partner team as well as our customers for making 787-9 development so successful.”
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. EASA accepts FAA oversight of Boeing production certificates, just as the FAA accepts EASA oversight of European manufacturers’ production certificates.
So what is different with this latest #Dreamliner?
The new 787-9 fuselage has been stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, allowing airlines to fly more passengers and more cargo on longer routes but with the same exceptional environmental performance.
With 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized aircraft the 787 is tackling the environmental and fuel costs faced by airlines.
So far the 152 #Dreamliner aircraft that have so far been delivered (to 19 airlines) have flown over 20,000,000 passengers on over 105,000 flights.
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To see what Air New Zealand have in mind for their new aircraft just visit here. Below are the cabin specifications the airline will use for its new airliner.
|Business Premier||Business Premier|
|Rows 1 to 6 (18 seats)||Fully lie-flat bed|
|Premium Economy||Premium Economy|
|Rows 23 to 25 (21 seats)||9″ (22cm) recline|
|Rows 34 to 65 (263 seats)||31-32″ (79-81 cm)|
|Rows 36-43 ABC and 36-41 HJK||33″ (83cm)|
* Seat Pitch – the distance between a point on one seat and the same point on the seat in front of it