“Receiving those documents marked a real turning point for the 787 program and was an historic milestone for the Boeing Co.,” Larry Loftis, vice president and general manager of the 787 program, said in a statement. “Certification demonstrated that the airplane met all the requirements for commercial operations.”
It also meant that the plane had completed “the most rigorous test program in our history and that the Dreamliner was ready to enter revenue service,” Loftis said.
The program is important to Spirit AeroSystems, which builds the forward fuselage and other portions of the 787.
Boeing has delivered 17 787 Dreamliners to airlines to date.
The first plane was delivered to launch customer All Nippon Airways.
Boeing launched the 787 program in April 2004.
Boeing has more than 800 orders from 58 customers.