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The latest variant of Boeing’s successful 787 Dreamliner has gained its amended type certificate (ATC) from the US Federal Aviation Administration. On Monday, Boeing announced that it had received the necessary ATC, meaning it’s been cleared for commercial use and Singapore Airlines could take delivery of its first 787-10 as soon as the first half of 2018.

In a statement, Boeing said that the test program for the new dash-10 model began in March 2017 and involved three flight test aircraft, which accumulated about 900 test hours, including its maiden voyage. The flight test program at Boeing consists testing its handling, systems and overall performance to ensure safety of flight.

The 787-10 is the latest and largest of the three 787 models. Check out the first look from inside the dash-10. According to Boeing, it expects other aviation regulatory agencies to follow the FAA’s lead and certify the 787-10 before it enters commercial service.

Singapore Airlines is the launch customer for the 787-10. The FAA’s ATC allows for the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore to also authorize the aircraft, which underwent final assembly in North Charleston, South Carolina. Singapore has committed to 49 orders of the 787-10. The North American launch customer for the aircraft is United, which ordered 14. Other orders include Etihad Airways (30), EVA Air (18), British Airways (12), Air France-KLM (seven) and All Nippon Airways (three), among others.

Featured image by Singapore Airlines.

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