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Boeing's 787 Dreamliner cleared by FAA and EASA

August 31, 2011, 07:48 am

Following three years of delays in production, Boeing’s latest aircraft, the 787 Dreamliner, was finally approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Administration, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

"Certification is a milestone that validates what we have promised the world since we started talking about this airplane," said Jim Abaugh, president and chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "This airplane embodies the hopes and dreams of everyone fortunate enough to work on it."

The certifications denote that the aircraft, constructed with state-of-the-art composite materials, is cleared to transport passengers. The first of the 787 Dreamliners will be delivered to Japan's All Nippon Airways in late September, the source reveals.

Although excitement around the aircraft's approval remains high, analysts note that the project ended more than three years later than expected and billions of dollars over budget because of production delays.

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