Japan’s aviation safety agency, the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau, has cleared Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner for passenger service.
The Japanese agency’s approval follows those of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency, which were given to Boeing late last month.
The Japanese certification will allow the plane’s launch customer, All Nippon Airways, to begin service in October. The first passenger flight, a special charter operation, will fly between Tokyo and Hong Kong on Oct. 28. ANA will begin regular domestic service with the 787 on November 1 between Tokyo and Okayama and Hiroshima.
The airline will gradually expand 787 service, first to China and then to Frankfurt. ANA has 55 of the twin-engine, mid-sized, long-range aircraft on order. It is to receive its first Dreamliner from Boeing Sept. 25, more than three years behind schedule.