The Boeing Dreamlifter, the specially modified 747-400 used to transport the
major assemblies of the all-new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, was granted type certification
on Saturday, June 2, from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
recognizes that the Dreamlifter has successfully passed all of the stringent
testing and safety requirements required by the FAA. The Dreamlifter
does not need to be certified by other regulatory agencies.
certification reflects not only the safety and reliability of the Dreamlifter
but also its remarkable performance," said Scott Strode, 787 vice president
of Airplane Definition and Production.
of the flight test program, FAA officials flew on board the Dreamlifter as
it delivered major sections of the Dreamliner from partner sites around the
world to the Boeing factory in Everett, Wash., for final assembly. The
flights allowed the FAA to validate the overall delivery process and tools. The
Dreamlifter is not certified to carry passengers beyond essential crew. The
Dreamlifter completed 437 flight-test hours and 639 hours of ground testing
since its first flight on Sept. 9, 2006.
With certification achieved, operation of the Dreamlifter fleet will soon be assumed
by Evergreen International Airlines (EIA) of McMinnville, Ore. EIA
must first complete the required New Airplane Process Document process proving
it is ready to operate the aircraft. Boeing expects the transition to
EIA to occur in June.