Boeing has received certification for the new 747-8 Intercontinental passenger jumbo from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Certification clears the way for deliveries of Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental jets to customers from early next year.
The FAA awarded Boeing an Amended Type Certificate (ATC) and the amended Production Certificate for the 747-8 Intercontinental on December 14.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is expected to issue its ATC for the aircraft on December 15, a regulatory step that is vital for Boeing in order to be able to deliver 747-8Is to Lufthansa, which is a European airline and operates under EASA rules.
Boeing received its FAA and EASA certificates for the Boeing 747-8 Freighter in August.
“This is a great achievement for Boeing and for the 747-8 program,” says Jim Albaugh, Boeing Commercial Airplane’ president and CEO. “We look forward to delivering this fabulous airplane to our customers.”
The certificates validate that the design of the 747-8 Intercontinental is compliant with all aviation regulatory requirements and the production system can produce a safe and reliable aircraft, conforming to the aircraft’s design.
“Soon people around the world will fly on the newest 747,” says Elizabeth Lund, vice president and general manager of the 747 program. “This is a great day for our customers and for a team that has worked incredibly hard to certify the newest version of the Queen of the Skies.”
The 747 program is now in the final stages of preparing to deliver the first 747-8 Intercontinental early next year to Lufthansa.
Boeing says the 747-8 Intercontinental provides double-digit-percentage improvements in fuel economy and carbon emissions per passenger than the Boeing 747-400, and generates a 30 per cent smaller noise footprint than its predecessor.
The new 747-8 Intercontinental features a new wing design and an upgraded flight deck and applies Boeing 787-inspired interior features. These include a new curved, upswept cabin architecture giving passengers a greater feeling of space and comfort.