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Dreamliner to debut in China
May 23, 2013, 3:01 pm


All 50 Dreamliners currently in operation were grounded in January [Xinhua]

The Dreamliner is set to debut in China as authorities cleared the final hurdles for the Boeing 787 to begin commercial service in China.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued a certification for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Thursday.

The CAAC presented Boeing with a Validation of Type Certification (VTC), indicating that the design of the 787 Dreamliner is compliant with China’s aviation regulations and that China endorses the original type certificate issued by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on August 26, 2011.

Boeing China’s president announced in May that China Southern Airlines Co., Ltd. and Hainan Airlines Co., Ltd., will be the first Chinese airlines to obtain 787 Dreamliners before June.

Four Chinese airlines had ordered 41 Dreamliners by the end of last year.

Another 58 global customers are currently waiting for more than 800 Dreamliners, according to Boeing.

All 50 Dreamliners currently in operation were grounded in January after two incidents on Japanese jetliners involving overheating batteries.

India’s national carrier Air India resumed domestic operations of the grounded Dreamliner planes from May 15th and global flights later this month.

With inputs from Agencies

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