WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration and European Union Aviation Safety Agency on Thursday said they would boost collaboration on new airplane certification following a two-day joint meeting in Washington.

FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker said the agencies want over the next decade to establish a "unified strategic direction based on information sharing and collaboration with our international partners will meet the needs of our global aviation system of the future." The FAA and EASA pledged to "deepen proactive collaboration on certification activities."

(Reporting by David Shepardson)