787 certified ahead of Sept 26 delivery

written by australianaviation.com.au | August 27, 2011
787 ZA002 performs a flypast behind ZA001 at the 787 type certification ceremony. (Boeing)

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.”

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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.

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6 Comments

  • Chris

    says:

    Finally!

    Can’t wait to see them in QF colours!

  • Norman Dunstan

    says:

    About time im only casual observer of the aviation i buy the mag every month but when boeing make the call to do a redo on the 737NG i hope they have learnt the massive mistakes they made with the 787 what is more informed opinion on weather they will twin isle in a 2x2x2 interior for the same load factor as the current 600/700/800/900 as i said its just fun intrest in aviation so dont go all hard ass on my lack of informed opinion

  • 4 Motion

    says:

    Will they ramp up production to get some catchup because of the delays?

  • Schubert777

    says:

    So, after the pretend plane Sonic Cruiser (just a distraction to the A380), all the fuss about the A380 being late “it would never happen with a Boeing airplane”, they deliver a plane four years late where they couldn’t fasten the nose to the fuselage, blamed suppliers of the parts and just about everyone but themselves, change the design from the droop nose/shark fin because it won’t work, fly it for the first time with major fear from the chief test pilot (see the quotes regarding their nervousness and keeping the plane with gear down, low altitude and low speed on the initial flight) and great relief to be back on the ground again and WE the travelling public are supposed to revel at the opportunity to fly in it………. Am I the only person in the world to not be entirely comfortable with the idea of safe flight in this aircraft….?????? Not knocking Boeing because the 737, 757, 767 and most of all the 777 are awesome. But common…… this aircraft has been a joke.

  • Colin Chilcott

    says:

    Fantastic that the 787 is finally ready for delivery. Extremely disappointing that it was rolled out 4 years and 81 days ago and it it took this long.

  • Dane

    says:

    Boeing really over-stretched themselves on the 787 project. Their main problem was that they out-sourced too much work and when those companies failed to deliver their product on time, it delayed the whole project. So the suppliers and Boeing are equally at fault. Also, what sort of plane is delivered on time, on budget and doing the thngs it was touted to. Who were Boeing kidding when they said it could be rolled out as early as they said it would be?

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