The Boeing 787 has received certification from both the US FAA and Europe’s EASA in a ceremony at Everett on August 26, clearing it to enter passenger service later this year with launch customer Japan’s ANA.
FAA administrator Randy Babbitt presented the type certificate to 787 chief pilot Mike Carriker and 787 VP and chief project engineer Mike Sinnett, and the amended production certificate to VP of 787 final assembly and delivery John Cornish, and Barb O’Dell, VP quality for the 787. EASA executive director Patrick Goudou handed over the European type certificate.
“Certification is a milestone that validates what we have promised the world since we started talking about this airplane,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh said. “This airplane embodies the hopes and dreams of everyone fortunate enough to work on it. Their dreams are now coming true.”
With certification awarded, Boeing has announced that the first customer 787 will be handed over to launch customer ANA on September 26 at Everett following contractural handover on September 25.
“The airplane is ready. ANA is ready. And, Boeing is ready,” Albaugh said.
ANA’s first 787 is due to land in Tokyo at the end of its delivery flight on September 28.
ANA placed its launch order for 50 787s in April 2004.