FAA certification awarded to Boeing 747 Dreamlifter

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Type certification has been granted to the Boeing Dreamlifter, the modified 747-400 used to transport the assemblies of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The certification reportedly recognises that the Dreamlifter has successfully passed all of the testing and safety requirements required by the FAA.

As part of the flight test programme FAA officials flew on board the Dreamlifter as it delivered sections of the Dreamliner from partner sites to the Boeing factory in Everett, Washington for final assembly. The Dreamlifter is not certified to carry passengers beyond essential crew.

Operation of the Dreamlifter fleet will be assumed by Evergreen International Airlines (EIA) but EIA must first complete the required New Airplane Process Document process, proving it is ready to operate the aircraft. The transition to EIA is expected to occur in June.

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