Japan Civil Aviation Bureau approves Boeing's 787

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The Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) has validated the US Federal Avation Administration's (FAA) award of a type certificate for Boeing's 787, which uses Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines.

This clears the final regulatory hurdle before the aircraft enters into service with its launch customer All Nippon Airways (ANA) in October this year.

Boeing confirmed the receipt, which was received on 30 August 2011, enabling ANA to carry passengers and operate the 787 in revenue service.

ANA plans to take delivery of its first 787 on 25 September this year, with a handover ceremony to occur the following day. The airline will introduce the 787 into regular scheduled revenue operations on 1 November, connecting Tokyo's Haneda airport with Okayama and Hiroshima, following a special charter flight between Tokyo's Narita airport and Hong Kong on 28 October.

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The FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) jointly issued the 787's type certificate on 26 August after a 20-month flight test campaign that began on 15 December 2009.

ANA has 55 787s on order and became a launch customer for the type in April 2004. The airline expected to take delivery four years later in May 2008. This was delayed because of supply chain and design changes to the majority-composite aircraft.