Boeing’s 787-10 has gained US FAA certification, clearing the way for first delivery to Singapore Airlines in the next five months. The FAA has little to do with the process provided manufacturers meet certain self testing and reporting conditions, the process is mostly a rubber stamp.
“Other aviation regulatory agencies are expected to follow the FAA’s lead and certify the airplane before it enters service,” Boeing said in a statement.
An 18-ft (6m) stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 is intended for up to 330 passengers in typical a two-class configuration. It has 6,430 nautical miles (11,910 km) of range.
78J (its short code) retains over 95% commonality with the 789 while allowing for more passengers and cargo.
Singapore Airlines has ordered to 49 787-10s. North American launch customer United Airlines has 14 on order. Other 787-10 customers include Air France-KLM (7 on order), Air Lease Corp. (25), All Nippon Airways (3), British Airways (12), Etihad Airways (30), EVA Air (18) and GE Capital Aviation Services (10).