Boeing has received type and production certification for the 787 Dreamliner from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) during a ceremony at the company’s facility in Everett, Washington.
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt presented the U.S. Type Certificate, which verifies that the 787 has been tested and found to be in compliance with all federal regulations, to 787 Chief Pilot Mike Carriker and 787 Vice President and Chief Project Engineer Mike Sinnett, both of whom have worked on the program since the day it began.
Babbitt presented the amended Production Certificate 700 to John Cornish, vice president of 787 final assembly & delivery, and Barb O’Dell, vice president of quality for the 787 program. The production certificate adds the Boeing 787 to the list of Boeing Commercial Airplane production systems that have been found to be compliant with all federal regulations.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh said, “Certification is a milestone that validates what we have promised the world since we started talking about this airplane. This airplane embodies the hopes and dreams of everyone fortunate enough to work on it. Their dreams are now coming true.”
Patrick Goudou, executive director of EASA, presented Dan Mooney, vice president of 787-8 Development, and Terry Beezhold, former leader of the 787 Airplane Level Integration Team, with the European Type Certificate for the 787.
Following the awarding of the 787 type and production certificates, Boeing confirmed that it would hand over the 787-8 to launch customer All Nippon Airways (ANA) on September 26 in a ceremony at the Everett plant, after contractual delivery occurs on September 25. Events throughout the day on September 26 will commemorate delivery of the aircraft to its launch customer.
“The airplane is ready. ANA is ready. And, Boeing is ready,” said Albaugh. “This airplane begins a new chapter in aviation history.”
ANA’s first 787 will arrive in Tokyo on September 28 following a September 27 departure from Everett, and will be greeted by ANA employees, media and Japanese partners.
“As launch customer, we are delighted to be taking delivery of our first 787 Dreamliner,” said Shinichiro Ito, president and CEO of ANA Group. “This aircraft will enable us to offer new standards of service and comfort to our passengers and will play an important role in our international expansion strategy as we seek to become Asia’s number one airline.”
ANA launched the 787 program with an order for 50 aircraft in April 2004. The airline has played a key role in guiding the design of the Dreamliner.