Boeing halts 787 deliveries again to inspect fuselage part
Boeing again halted deliveries of its 787 aircraft, which had already been halted in 2021 and 2022 due to a manufacturing defect, in order to examine a piece of the fuselage, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Thursday.
"Deliveries will not resume until the FAA is satisfied that the issue has been resolved," the agency said.
Boeing discovered that one of its suppliers had made a parsing error in the pressure section at the front of the aircraft, the company explained.
The group made the decision to suspend deliveries during the time that the analyzes are carried out again.
The FAA says it is working with the aircraft builder "to determine what actions might be necessary for recently delivered aircraft."
The company assured for its part that there is no "immediate danger" for the 787 in service and that the last problem detected "should not increase" the modifications already planned on the produced devices.
The 787 Dreamliner has encountered various difficulties in recent years, including manufacturing defects discovered in late summer 2020 and other issues that arose from close examination of the aircraft.
Boeing had to initially suspend deliveries of that model between November 2020 and March 2021, then between May 2021 and August 2022, as well as reduce the production rate.
But after resuming deliveries last summer, Boeing was able to deliver 31 aircraft in 2022, 22 of them in the fourth quarter.
In January, however, the manufacturer only delivered three. In the publication of its results at the end of January, Boeing still planned to deliver between 70 and 80 planes until the end of the year, and this Thursday it remained in that objective.
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