FAA clears Boeing to resume delivery of 787 Dreamliners – The Journal

Federal regulators give Boeing the green light to resume deliveries of its large 787 jetliner soon

Boeing cleared a major hurdle with federal regulators and could soon resume deliveries of its large 787 jetliner, which has been plagued by a series of production issues since late 2020, a person familiar with the matter said Saturday.

The Federal Aviation Administration told Boeing on Friday that it would approve the company’s process to validate fixes for each plane before they are delivered to airline customers, said the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a decision that has not been publicly announced.

The FAA declined to comment and referred inquiries to Boeing. In a statement, Boeing only said, “We will continue to work transparently with the FAA and our customers to resume 787 deliveries.”

Approving the resumption of deliveries would be a boost for Boeing, which receives a large portion of the purchase price of each plane upon delivery. Boeing has accumulated a backlog of about 120,787 undelivered. The plane, which Boeing is calling the Dreamliner, costs between $248 million and $338 million depending on size, although airlines are paying far less than the list price.

The problems with the 787 began in 2020 when small gaps were found between the carbon composite material fuselage panels. This prompted inspections which revealed problems with a pressurization bulkhead at the front of the aircraft.

Boeing also had to replace titanium parts, including fasteners, after discovering the Italian supplier was using alloys that did not meet FAA standards.

Boeing maintained that none of the issues raised immediate safety concerns.

It’s unclear how long it will take Boeing to deliver the 120 pending planes, which have been built at factories in Washington state and South Carolina. Each will need to be cleared by the FAA.

American Airlines expects to get its first two 787s “in early August” but won’t include them on the schedule until November, the airline’s chief financial officer Derek Kerr said last week in a call to discuss plans. quarterly results.

The FAA’s decision to approve Boeing’s modernization plan was first reported by Aviation Week.

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