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Thursday, May 23, 2013

China Issues Type Certification for Boeing 787

By Woodrow Bellamy III

China has approved Boeing's 787s for commercial service with the nation's airlines. 
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued a type certification for the Boeing 787-8, a month after U.S. and Japanese transportation authorities lifted a flight ban on the aircraft. Boeing engineers are currently assisting 787 operators with implementing their redesigned lithium-ion battery system, which overheated on two commercial flights in January, resulting in the grounding of all 50 in-service Dreamliners worldwide.
Previously, 787 operators with flights in and out of China were cleared to fly there based on their home country certifications, which China honors. CAAC's type certification will allow airlines based in China to take delivery of 787s and operate them.
Chinese airlines have ordered a total of 35 Dreamliners, including 10 each for Air China, Hainan Airlines and China Southern. 

Furthermore, the Chinese certification could help Boeing win more 787 orders from one of the fastest growing air transportation markets in the world. Boeing has projected China will need to take delivery of 5,260 new airplanes by 2031 to keep up with growing passenger demand in the nation.

Related: United Airlines Resumes 787 Flights 

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