The Federal Aviation Administration has approved Boeing’s design for modifications to the 787 battery system, a key step in returning the grounded Boeing widebody type to service.

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Successful completion of each step within the plan will result in the FAA’s approval to resume commercial Boeing 787 flights, according to the manufacturer, but Boeing does not say how long it expects the process to take.

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Boeing has received an amended type certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration for the 787-8 Dreamliner equipped with General Electric GEnx-1B engines.

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Boeing reports that it has completed all flight tests it expects to be required for type certification of the 787-8 Dreamliner with General Electric GEnx engines. This marks the end of all certification flight testing associated with the baseline model of the Boeing 787.

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Boeing has received type and production certification for the 787 from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency and will hand over ANA’s first 787 on September 26 in a ceremony at Boeing’s Everett plant.

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