SEATTLE — Boeing has been awarded U.S and European type certification for the 787-9, the first major derivative of the 787 family, clearing the way for delivery of the initial aircraft to launch customer Air New Zealand. Certification of the 787-9, a 20-ft. stretch of the baseline 787-8, follows a nine-month long flight test program which began with the first flight of the model on Sept 17. In all, five aircraft have been involved in the approval program which included two production ...

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