Cologne - A little more than a month after the FAA, EASA also certified the Boeing 787-10, allowing the aircraft for operations in Europe.
On February 28, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) awarded Boeing 787-10 with the type certificate. The EASA's approval comes after the initial certification issued on January 19, 2018, by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The 787-10 is certified with a maximum takeo weight (MTOW) of 254 tonnes. The maximum seating capacity will be approved later, says the EASA document.
The flight test campaign for the 787-10 was conducted in less than a year with three prototypes that accumulated 900
Flight hours. Boeing is now preparing to deliver the first 787-10 to Singapore Airlines, the launch company.
The Asian carrier plans to receive its first copy at the North Charleston, South Carolina plant in March. The commercial debut of the aircraft will be in May. Osaka and then Perth will be the first regular destinations. By then, the 787-10 will be operated on Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur route to train crews.
Singapore Airlines is expecting a total of 49, 787-10.
To date, the aircraft has been ordered by two European airlines: Air France-KLM (eight copies, all for KLM) and British Airways (twelve copies). Other customers include Air Lease Corporation (ALC), All Nippon Airways (ANA), Etihad Airways, EVA Air, GECAS, United Airlines and an unidentified buyer.
To date, the largest variant of the Dreamliner family has recorded 171 firm orders.