Boeing Dreamliner receives U.S. approval for expanded long-range flying

|About: The Boeing Company (BA)|By:, SA News Editor

The FAA clears Boeing's (BA) 787 Dreamliner to operate on a wider range of routes, enabling the jet to handle longer oceanic and polar crossings as much as five-and-a-half hours from a suitable landing field in the event of an emergency vs. the three-hour limit since its 2011 launch.

The performance extension is especially important for airlines based in the Southern Hemisphere that fly long routes over water; Air New Zealand is set to take delivery of the first of the larger Dreamliner model in the middle of the year.

The FAA approval formally applies only to U.S. carriers, and within that group only United Airlines (UAL) now operates the 787, but regulators in other countries typically follow the FAA's lead.