The 787-10 Dreamliner has received an amended type certificate (ATC) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The ATC, which clears the airplane for commercial service, concludes a flight test program that began in March 2017 and involved three flight test airplanes. Other aviation regulatory agencies must certify the airplane before it enters service.
Boeing has over 170 orders for the 787-10 from nine customers. Singapore Airlines will be the launch customer, with delivery expected in the first half of 2018.
“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 program. “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.”
As a stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 retains over 95 percent commonality while adding seats and cargo capacity, setting a new benchmark for fuel efficiency and operating economics at 25 percent better fuel per seat and emissions than the airplanes it will replace. The airplane can fly 330 passengers, in a typical two-class configuration, up to 6,430 nautical miles.