Boeing announced today, the 787-10 Dreamliner has received an Amended Type Certificate (ATC) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after successful 900 test flights. The certificate clears the airplane for commercial service, means the airplane could enter service by mid 2018 once all other regulatory requirements are fulfilled.
The test program began in March 2017, involved three flight test airplanes that accumulated about 900 test hours, and Boing said “After years of design and testing, our team has proven the quality, safety and reliability of the newest member of the Dreamliner family and we look forward to seeing the airplane in service later this year.”
The airplane is designed to carry up to 330 passengers with the range of 6,430 nautical miles. The Boeing 787-9 and -10 are the direct competitors for Airbus A350-900 and -1000 as they all fall into 250-350 seat category and not much variation in terms of crew training for switching models.
To date nine customers have placed orders for 170 units and Singapore Airlines will be the launch customer to receive the first unit by mid 2018.