Boeing‘s 787-9 Dreamliner has been certified for commercial service by the Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency.
Boeing is in the final stages of preparing for the first 787-9 delivery to its launch customer Air New Zealand.
The 787-9 is a stretched version of the 787-8 now in service. Its fuselage is 20 feet longer over the 787-8 and will fly more passengers and more cargo farther distances, the company said.
Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita builds the plane’s nose section.
Boeing has taken 413 orders for the 787-9 from 26 customers. That accounts for 40 percent of all 787 orders, the company said.
“Certification is the culmination of years of hard work and a rigorous flight-test program that started with the 787-9′s first flight in September,” Ray Conner, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO, said in a statement. “With this validation that the airplane is ready for commercial operations, Boeing along with our airline and leasing customers now look forward to introducing the newest member of the Dreamliner family to passengers around the world.”
The FAA has also granted Boeing an Amended Production Certificate, which validates that Boeing’s production system can produce 787-9s that conform to the design.
The certifications follow a comprehensive test program using five airplanes accumulating more than 1,500 hours of flight testing, plus ground and laboratory testing.