Monday, January 22, 2018

787-10 receives amended type certificate; first delivery eyed for end of March

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Boeing received the amended type certificate for the 787-10 meaning that the aircraft is now certified to carry passengers on revenue flights and the aircraft can now be delivered to customers who ordered them.  The certification came on Friday just before the start of the three day US Government shutdown.
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Singapore Airlines will take the first aircraft at the end of March.  Already there are two completed 787-10 for Singapore Airlines that are on the Charleston ramp with one more already in final assembly and three more expected to be delivered by the end of this summer to the launch customer.  Etihad and United Airlines are expect to receive the -10 this year as well.

Boeing stated that they completed the test program with over 900 hours of flight tests. The key to the quick certification was not just a well planned and thought out test program but the fact that the 787-10 had 95% commonality with the 787-9 helped shorten the required number of test parameters.

The 787-10 has been seamlessly integrated into the 787 production system also due to the high degree of commonality it has with the 787-9.

AINOnline has an excellent article regarding today's certification of the -10.  Here's the Boeing Press Release announcing the certification of the -787-10:

Boeing announced today the 787-10 Dreamliner received an amended type certificate (ATC) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), clearing the airplane for commercial service.
The awarding of ATC caps a successful flight test program that began in March 2017 and involved three flight test airplanes that accumulated about 900 test hours. Boeing’s flight test program team took the airplanes through a series of tests to confirm the airplane’s handling, systems and overall performance met internal requirements and certification standards to ensure safety of flight.
“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 Brad Zaback, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. “After years of design and testing, our team has proven the quality, safety and reliability of the newest member of the Dreamliner family and we look forward to seeing the airplane in service later this year.”
Other aviation regulatory agencies are expected to follow the FAA’s lead and certify the airplane before it enters service.


jan bar said...

Your Monday entry, Emirates 787 photo, part of the right wing


jan bar

Christopher D. Dye said...

Question is, Has R-R fixed the fan blade problem with the Trent 1000 engines. Don't se SA taking delivery unless they are sure. Also, one wonders how this truly dangerous defect escaped notice during the test period for the 787-9. I don't think I would fly on any Trent 1000 plane unless and until it was absolutely clear that these engine problems have been solved throughout the entire operational fleet.

Uresh said...

Regarding the wing in the need to bring it up with media department.

On the RR Trent issue. I haven't heard any updates as to any resolution of the issue. I'm not sure if this issue affects the RR 1000-TEN engines which are now the standard engine on the RR equipped 787s.

Pete Templin said...

LN 622 and 656 are completed, but they haven't flown yet. Are they using the same seats as the Singapore 787-9? Any other risks that could delay those deliveries? Do you expect the same >1-year process to convert the test aircraft into customer-ready frames as we saw with the 787-9?

Uresh said...

The two frames already built should fly within a couple of months. Singapore doesn't have any 787-9 through their Scoot subsidiary does but since that is a LCC product I doubt that they'd use seats that Scoot is using on the Singapore 787-10. Singapore is a higher end product vs. Scoot. All three test aircraft should be delivered by the end of the year after completing re-work.