Boeing 747-8 freighter gains certification

Boeing has reason to celebrate this morning.

Its 747-8 Freighter received certification from the Federal Aviation Administration and from the European Aviation Safety Agency — paving the way for the airplane to be delivered to launch customer Cargolux in early September.

Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita produces portions of the airplane.

The 747-8 Freighter is 250 feet long, which is 18 feet longer than the 747-400 Freighter. The stretch gives operators 16 percent more room to hold cargo. It will have four additional main-deck pallets and three additional lower-hold pallets.

The 747-8 has logged more than 3,400 hours of flight testing.

The FAA and EASA granted Boeing  Amended Type Certificates, certifying the design is compliant with all aviation regulatory requirements and will produce a safe and reliable airplane, Boeing said. The FAA also granted Boeing an Amended Production Certificate,  validating that Boeing’s 747 production system can reliably produce airplanes that will conform to the airplane’s design. EASA accepts the FAA’s oversight in that area.