• 787 deliveries to start again

    From Aviation HQ@2:292/854 to All on Sun Jul 31 23:18:42 2022
    Boeing has received preliminary permission from the FAA to deliver the 787 Dreamliner again, sources report to Bloomberg news agency. The 787 Dreamliner was not allowed to be delivered for almost two years because of construction errors.

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved Boeing's plans to inspect and repair construction defects in the aircraft frame, insiders say. The construction error was in the joining of parts of the hull of the aircraft. At that time, holes were found in about twenty places that had not been properly filled.

    The approval of the FAA does not immediately mean that sales of the aircraft type will pick up again. Boeing must first make the required repairs. The FAA must then inspect and approve each aircraft separately. According to the sources, Boeing aims to resume deliveries of the aircraft around August 8.

    If the planes can be delivered again, Boeing may be able to make up for previous financial damage from having to keep the aircraft on the ground. In the second quarter of this year, Boeing achieved a sharply lower profit than a year earlier, partly because of the production problems with the 787 Dreamliner.

    Earlier this month, Boeing's commercial director Stan Deal said the aircraft maker plans to ramp up production. With the delivery of the Dreamliners, the stock will decrease, he said during the important Farnborough air show in the United Kingdom.

    There, Boeing took in more new orders for the first time than rival Airbus, which did much better for years. Boeing received orders for 297 aircraft, Airbus for only 85 aircraft. Boeing also expects global aviation to need more than 2 million new employees over the next 20 years as its airliner fleet will double as the pandemic is on its way.

    Due to the production problems, quite a few finished aircraft are waiting on the manufacturer's factory site.

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