The aircraft manufacturer is working with the FAA to resolve the latest issue.
Boeing has halted deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner jets after another fuselage-related issue surfaced recently. The aircraft manufacturer calls this an “analytical error” but is convinced that it does not pose an immediate threat to the fleet in service. Boeing had previously halted 787 deliveries for more than a year due to production defects; current developments have caused its shares to fall nearly 3%.
Boeing has temporarily suspended deliveries of its Dreamliner planes after it emerged that their fuselage components needed further analysis. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will need to be completely satisfied with the issue until deliveries can resume. The agency also said it was working with Boeing to determine what actions might be needed for recently delivered planes. Boeing released a statement explaining the issue:
“In reviewing certification records, Boeing discovered an analysis error from our vendor related to the 787’s forward pressure bulkhead. We have notified the FAA and suspended 787 deliveries while we complete the required analysis and documentation. .
Boeing said there were no immediate flight safety concerns for the in-service fleet and that it was in touch with customers and would continue to follow the FAA’s lead. The aircraft manufacturer said short-term deliveries will be impacted but does not “anticipate a change in our production and delivery outlook for the year.”
Suspension of previous delivery
The latest announcement brings back memories of the delivery drought that plagued Boeing’s 787s not too long ago. Deliveries of the Boeing 787 were halted by the FAA in May 2021 after production defects emerged and concerns about Boeing’s inspection methods. The FAA then said in February 2022 that it would not allow Boeing to self-certify the completion of every 787 aircraft.
This allowed the FAA to complete final airworthiness approval for each 787 aircraft, as it has done with all Boeing 737 MAXs since deliveries resumed after the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes.
For more than a year, Boeing has not delivered a single Dreamliner, affecting the plans of several airlines around the world, from American Airlines in the United States to Vistara in India.
The planemaker finally resumed delivery in August 2022, handing over a 787 to American Airlines, and quickly accelerated the delivery schedule to more than 30 planes in about a month.
Photo: Tom Boon | single flight
Boeing Chief Financial Officer Brian West previously announced on an earnings call that while it will take some time to ramp up production of the Dreamliner, they still hope to distribute 70 to 80 Dreamliners to customers this year.
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- Stock code:
- Type of company:
- aircraft manufacturer
- Creation date :
- Dave Calhoun
- Head office location:
- Chicago, United States
- Key product lines:
- Boeing 737, Boeing 747, Boeing 757, Boeing 767, Boeing 777, Boeing 787