FAA Approves Production Of The 787, EASA Simultaneously Grants
The folks at Boeing are beaming, and perhaps heaving a huge sigh
of relief. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced Friday that
the agency has approved production of the Boeing 787
At an event at Boeing’s facility in Everett, Washington,
Administrator Babbitt presented Boeing executives with two
certificates for the design and production of the Boeing 787
Dreamliner with Rolls-Royce engines. The first, a Type Certificate,
is for the FAA’s approval of the airplane’s design. The
second, a Production Certificate, allows Boeing to manufacture the
787 following a rigorous review by FAA inspectors of Boeing’s
quality system, production tooling, manufacturing processes and
controls, inspection methods, and supplier control procedures.
“The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an incredible technological
achievement – one that sets a new standard for
innovation,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
“The new engine technology is fuel-efficient and reduces
noise, minimizing the impact on the environment. Those are key to
meeting our NextGen goals.”
“Today’s achievement could not have been possible
without the professionalism and dedication of the FAA team involved
in the certification,” said Administrator Babbitt. “The
engineers, inspectors and flight test pilots all worked diligently
to ensure our high safety standards were met.”
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."
Boeing made its initial application to the FAA on March 28, 2003
and the program was launched in April 2004. The first 787 rollout
ceremony was on July 8, 2007 at Boeing’s Everett assembly
factory. The airplane first flew on Dec. 15, 2009, and the six
flight test airplanes have since accumulated more than 4,645 flight
hours, with approximately 25 percent of those hours flown by FAA
flight test crews. More than 200,000 hours were logged by FAA
technical experts who were involved in the type certification of
The Boeing 787 is a medium-size commercial transport airplane.
It’s the world's first major airliner to use composite
materials for most of its construction, more than 50 percent by
weight. Boeing says the airplane will use 20 percent less fuel and
produce less noise compared to similarly sized airplanes. It was
designed and manufactured by suppliers and partners around the
world and integrated at final assembly. The 787 incorporates many
capabilities of the nation’s Next Generation Air
Transportation System, or NextGen.
The European Safety Agency (EASA) also issued a same day
validation of the FAA Type Certificate of the 787.
Boeing has over 800 Dreamliners on its order books, with
contractual delivery of the first 787 now scheduled for September
25th to launch customer ANA. But there is a long row to hoe.
Analysts said recently the company will have to sell 1,000 of the
airliners before it sees a profit.