Boeing 787-10 Cleared for Commercial Service

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Amended type certificate announced today.

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Yesterday, on 22. Jan 2018, The Boeing Company announced their 787-10 Dreamliner received an amended type certificate (ATC) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), clearing the airplane for commercial service. On 18. Jun 2013 The Boeing Company officially launched the 787-10 Dreamliner, at the Paris Air Show. The first 787-10 was rolled out on 17. Feb 2017. The variant's first flight took place on 31. Mar 2017 and lasted 4 hours and 48 minutes.

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. Other aviation regulatory agencies are expected to follow the FAA's lead and certify the airplane before it enters service.

The 787 Dreamliner is a family of super-efficient airplanes with new passenger-pleasing features. As a stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 retains over 95 %commonality while adding seats and cargo capacity, setting a new benchmark for fuel efficiency and operating economics at 25 % better fuel per seat and emissions than the airplanes it will replace. The airplane can fly 330 passengers in a typical two-class configuration, up to 6.430 nm / 11.910 km. The aircraft powerplants' options are either two Trent 1000-TEN, three-shaft, high-bypass, turbofan engines (fan diameter: 2.844,8 mm / 112,0 in; engine architecture: 1F–8IPC=6HPC1HPT=1IPT–6LPT) or two GEnx-1B, twin-shaft, high-bypass, turbofan engines (fan diameter: 2.821,9 mm / 111,1 in; engine architecture: F+4LPC–10HPC2HPT–7LPT).

Rolls-Royce Trent 1000-TEN engine features a scaled version of the A350's Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-84 IP and HP compressor and Advance3 core technology including a 'rising-line' compressor and three-stage bladed disc (blisk) at the front of the high-pressure compressor. The Trent 1000-TEN promised a 3-percent fuel burn advantage over the Trent 1000, the original Rolls-Royce engine option for the Boeing 787-8 and Boeing 787-9. Fuel burn is reduced through its improved intermediate pressure compressor where the rear stages spin at higher speeds. Three blisk stages were introduced in the new compressor and 75% of its parts are new or changed from the Trent 1000. The HP turbine architecture is shared with the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engine, the A350-1000's powerplant, and will provide better component life results for the Trent 1000s in service.

To date, Boeing has over 170 orders for the 787-10 Dreamliner from nine customers worldwide. First delivery is expected to Singapore Airlines in the first half of 2018.

Some articles on the yesterday's Boeing 78X's certification ...

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Boeing finished final assembly and painting of the first production Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner in October 2017, in Charleston, before its certification. It is scheduled to be delivered to launch customer Singapore Airlines in May 2018.

The images below: the first Singapore Airlines' Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, MSN 60254 / LN 622, powered by two Trent 1000-J3, three-shaft, high-bypass, turbofan engines (fan diameter: 2.844,8 mm / 112,0 in; BPR: :1; engine architecture: 1F–8IPC=6HPC1HPT=1IPT–6LPT), OPR: 50,0:1, rated at 347,54 kN / 35.439 kgf / 78.129 lbf.

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....Click on the image to get the latest certification sheet on Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft