Boeing’s 787-10 certified by FAA
Boeing marked an important milestone this week with the news on Monday that its latest and largest Dreamliner variant, the B787-10, had received an amended type certificate (ATC) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), clearing the aircraft for commercial service. Read More »
Receiving the ATC capped the -10’s flight test programme, which began last March and involved three test aircraft and approximately 900 test hours.
“We are pleased to have met the rigorous standards set forth by the FAA and are eager to bring the airplane to market for our valued customers,” said vice president and general manager of the B787 program, Brad Zaback.
Other aviation regulatory agencies are expected to follow the FAA's lead and certify the B787-10 before it enters service with Singapore Airlines (SIA) in March.
The -10 will seat 330 passengers in a two-class configuration and have a range of 6,430 nautical miles (11,910 km). It is an 18- foot stretch of the B787-9.
To date, Boeing has secured 171 orders for the -10 from nine customers. Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern airline customers include All Nippon Airways (3), Etihad Airways (30), EVA Air (18) and SIA (49).
The B787-10 will be powered by either Rolls-Royce (RR) Trent 1000 or GE Aviation GEnx-1B engines. The Trent 1000 engine will generate a maximum thrust of 78,000lbf and the GEnx-1B will have a maximum take-off thrust of 76,100lbf. ANA and SIA have opted for Rolls-Royce engines and Etihad and EVA have chosen GE power plants.
SIA has said it would largely fly the aircraft on its medium-haul network from Singapore to Australia, China, the Middle East and Japan.
It is expected that at least a portion of the 49 on-order B787-10s will enter service with the SIA Group’s regional low-cost carrier, Scoot, or its Vistara full service joint venture with the Tata Group in India.