FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have certified the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for commercial service.

Each agency granted Boeing an Amended Type Certificate for the 787-9, certifying the design complies with aviation regulations and is safe and reliable. To earn certification, Boeing said it undertook a comprehensive test program with five aircraft and more than 1,500 hours of flight testing, plus ground and laboratory testing.

“Certification is the culmination of years of hard work and a rigorous flight-test program that started with the 787-9's first flight last September,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner said. “With this validation that the airplane is ready for commercial operations, Boeing—along with our airline and leasing customers—now look forward to introducing the newest member of the Dreamliner family to passengers around the world.”

FAA also granted Boeing an Amended Production Certificate, validating that the Boeing production system can produce 787-9s that conform to the design.

The US manufacturer said it is now in the final stages of preparing for the first 787-9 delivery to launch customer Air New Zealand.