Boeing 787 Dreamliner gets FAA clearance for deliveries



The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that Boeing has made manufacturing and oversight improvements that will allow the company to resume deliveries of its 787 jets within days.

The FAA discovery offers Boeing a way out of an unusual and costly situation after quality issues drew increased federal scrutiny and led the company to stop releasing planes to customers in May 2021. he plane, which the company calls the Dreamliner, was first flown in late 2009. Boeing consolidated final assembly of the plane until it operated in South Carolina last year.

“Boeing has made the necessary changes to ensure the 787 Dreamliner meets all certification standards,” the FAA said.

Production flaws, including tail issues, fuselage-related gaps and other issues, have been uncovered in recent years, even as the FAA says Boeing employees who are supposed to help the agency overseeing the company’s aircraft production were facing “undue pressure” or interference from some of their managers, according to agency documents.

With this story – and the surveillance crashes and failures related to Boeing’s 737 Max jets – the FAA said it “will inspect every [787 Dreamliner] before a certificate of airworthiness is issued and cleared for delivery.

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The precise procedures for getting planes to customers could prove time-consuming and “individually labor-intensive, but at least they’re on the right track and that removes a lot of risk,” said Richard Aboulafia, director. CEO of the consulting company AeroDynamic Advisory. .

Aboulafia said “the FAA suddenly found itself having to wade through well-trodden territory,” with the regulator reviewing the company’s ongoing production schedule. Boeing was left with 120 787s undelivered, representing a major financial burden, Aboulafia said.

The FAA said in a statement that Acting Administrator Billy Nolen met with FAA safety inspectors in South Carolina last week “to find out if they were satisfied with the actions taken by Boeing on the 787 Dreamliner.” . The agency said steps had been taken to improve quality at Boeing’s manufacturing plant “and to ensure the autonomy of workers who ensure regulatory compliance on Boeing’s assembly lines.”

Boeing said in a statement that it has strengthened its safety culture and worked to ensure that “manufactured and undelivered aircraft meet strict engineering and certification standards, although this has not immediate impact on safety”. This year, the company said production improvements are designed to ensure newly built aircraft “do not require additional inspections and rework”.


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