Boeing has received certification for its General Electric GEnx-powered 787, clearing the way for delivery to Japan Airlines (JAL) scheduled for later this month.

The airframer received an amended type certificate from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today for the GEnx-1B powered variant.

"This milestone completes the certification of the 787-8 airplane, and allows airlines to now operate the GE engine-powered 787 with both the baseline Block 4 engine and the PIP1 engine upgrade," says Mike Sinnett, vice president and chief project engineer for the 787 programme.

JAL will be the second 787 customer to receive the aircraft, following launch operator All Nippon Airways.

Programme sources have told Flightglobal that Airplanes 23 and 33 are expected to be delivered to the carrier in late March before the scheduled 22 April launch of the airline's Boston-Tokyo Narita service.

The 787 with Rolls-Royce engines was first certified in August 2011.

Boeing says it now has an order for more than 870 787 Dreamliners from 60 customers worldwide, up from 868 last week.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news