787 wins certification from FAA and EASA

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Boeing has received certification for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), ahead of first delivery in a month's time.

The FAA presented the type certificate and an amended production certificate that now includes the 787 to Boeing today at a ceremony at the airframer's Everett facility in Washington. Boeing also received the European type certificate from EASA.

"Certification is a milestone that validates what we have promised the world since we started talking about this airplane. This airplane embodies the hopes and dreams of everyone fortunate enough to work on it. Their dreams are now coming true," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Jim Albaugh.

Boeing will deliver the 787 to launch operator All Nippon Airways on 26 September, with a flight taking off from Everett on 27 September and arriving in Tokyo on 28 September.

Boeing initially applied to the FAA for certification of the 787 on 28 March 2003, and launched the programme in April 2004.

The aircraft made its first flight on 15 December 2009. FAA flight test crews have flown about 25% of the 4,645 flight hours accumulated by the six flight test aircraft since then, said the agency. FAA technical experts who were involved in the type certification have logged more than 200,000 hours.