Monday, June 16, 2014
Boeing 787-9 Clears US, Europe Certification
[Aviation Today June 15, 2014] Boeing's newest member of the 787 Dreamliner family, the 787-9, has achieved certification in both the United States and Europe. The company received an Amended Type Certificate from the FAA and EASA, as it prepares to deliver the first 787-9 to Air New Zealand. EASA accepts FAA oversight of Boeing production certificates, as the FAA accepts European oversight for European airframe production certification.
Air New Zealand's Boeing 787-9. Photo, courtesy of Boeing.
The 787-9 has a fuselage that is 20 feet longer than the 787-8 and also has the ability to carry up to 40 additional passengers and travel an extra 300 nautical miles. Avionics configuration for the 787-9 will be similar to the 787-8, with "adjustments you'd expect for the longer airplane," a spokesperson for Boeing confirmed.
In addition to Air New Zealand, there are a total of 26 operators worldwide with a combined backlog of 413 Boeing 787-9s on order. Boeing is expecting the 787-9 to be the highest selling version of its 787 family.