The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has granted Boeing an amended type certificate (ATC) which will allow the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner to fly for commercial purposes. Testing of this plane began in March 2017 and consisted of using three test airplanes and logging over 900 flight hours. Everything from internal components to its overall handling when in flight was tested by the FAA to ensure passenger safety.
Officials at Boeing were excited when they were informed that the plane passed its certification. This opens up a lot of opportunities for Boeing, which currently has 171 orders for the 787-10 Dreamliner, with the first deliveries to Singapore Airlines due early this year.
The new Dreamliner jet is designed to be at least 25 percent more fuel efficient than the planes it is replacing. It also has a much lower emission rate, making it a very environmentally-friendly plane. The new technologies incorporated into the plane by Boeing allowed it to achieve these environmental goals while still retaining passenger capacity.
The Boeing 787-10 is the largest plane in the 787 series. It is 18 feet larger than the 787-9 plane. It is a long-haul plane that Is capable of flying 6,430 nautical miles. The plane is designed to hold 330 passengers in a two class seating arrangement. However, airlines have the ability to design their interiors to meet the needs of their company and seating may vary by carrier. Boeing opted to use a Rolls Royce engine for the new plane. Final configurations for the interior have not yet been released.
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