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29 JANUARY 2018
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Boeing's 787-10 Dreamliner has been cleared for commercial service by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The awarding of the amended type certificate (ATC) caps a successful flight test programme that began in March 2017 and involved three flight test planes that accumulated about 900 test hours.
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 planes it will replace. The plane can fly 330 passengers, in a typical two-class configuration, up to 6,430nm (11,910km). The base model 787-8 has a typical capacity of 242 passengers and a range of 7,355nm (8,464mi; 13,621km), the -8 is the base model of the 787 family and was the first to enter service in 2011.
To date, Boeing has over 170 orders for the 787-10 from nine customers worldwide. First delivery is expected to be taken by Singapore Airlines in the first half of 2018. To date Boeing have taken 1,294 orders for the 787 and delivered 636 aircraft.
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