No doubt a lot of people enjoyed the excitement of the Dreamliner Premiere and the great coincidence of the date 7/8/07, for the July 8 rollout of the first airplane. But did you know there was another milestone marked by the date of 7/8/07?

Only this time, it represented 7 August, 2007 – as dates are depicted in many other parts of the world, including Derby, U.K. That’s where Dreamliner partner Rolls-Royce received its airworthiness certification for the Trent 1000, the launch engine for the 787.


The Rolls-Royce 747-200 flying test bed takes off from Paine Field in Everett during the historic 7-Series fly-in event in July. A Trent 1000 replaced one of the original Rolls-Royce engines on the airplane for the flight test program which began in June.

Both EASA and the FAA certified the Trent 1000 on 7 August. It’s the first engine to get this validation at the same time from both agencies under the latest regulatory procedures.

The certification also takes us one step closer to the Dreamliner’s first flight, and its first delivery to ANA.

In the meantime, good fun around the notion of “7/8/07.” Take a look at this short clip commemorating two events sharing a date in history.

Comments (2)

Saj (London, UK):

While dates are certainly important, its getting it right thats crucial.

As I mention here:


Boeing's market timing too has been a key ingredient to the stellar success of the 787.

From first flight to service entry, that recipe will get better and better!

Felix (Taiwan):

What about the GENx engine? When will it be certified for the 787 or 747-8?

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