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During a ceremony in Renton, Washington, the 747-8 program received its certification for the new 747-8 Intercontinental from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Wednesday.
Ross Landes, FAA Seattle Aircraft Certification Office Acting Manager, and Frank Ferrer, FAA CMO Manager presented Boeing with the Amended Type Certificate (ATC) and amended the Production Certificate for Boeing's newest passenger airplane, the 747-8 Intercontinental. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued its ATC for the airplane today.
"This is a great achievement for Boeing and for the 747-8 program," said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, ". We look forward to delivering this fabulous airplane to our customers."
The certificates validate that the design of the 747-8 Intercontinental is compliant with all aviation regulatory requirements and the production system can produce a safe and reliable airplane, conforming to the airplane's design. It also clears the way for delivery of the new airplane early next year.
"Soon people around the world will fly on the newest 747," said Elizabeth Lund, vice president and general manager, 747 Program. "This is a great day for our customers and for a team that has worked incredibly hard to certify the newest version of the Queen of the Skies."
The 747 program is now in the final stages of preparing to deliver the first 747-8 Intercontinental early next year.