Dreamliner Receives FAA Type, Production Certificates
August 31, 2011 – Less than a month after its grand public debut at AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner aircraft received official authorization to begin commercial production on Friday, August 26. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt presented Boeing executives with type and production certificates at a special event also attended by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
The type certificate signifies the FAA’s approval of the airplane’s design. The 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,” LaHood said. “The new engine technology is fuel-efficient and reduces noise, minimizing the impact on the environment. Those are key to meeting our NextGen goals.”
Boeing launched the 787 program in April 2004 and rolled out its first conforming prototype aircraft on July 8, 2007. That plane made its maiden flight on December 15, 2009, and since then a total of six flight-test aircraft have accumulated more than 4,645 flight hours – about a quarter of them flown by FAA flight test crews.
The Dreamliner is the world's first major airliner to use composite materials for most of its construction. Boeing states the 787 uses 20 percent less fuel, produces less noise compared to similarly sized airplanes, and 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 787’s FAA type certificate.