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A Fuselage Issue Has Halted Boeing’s Delivery Of 787 Dreamliners

Boeing has temporarily halted deliveries of its 787 Dreamliners so it can analyze a fuselage component, the company and the FAA announced Thursday.

As Boeing reviewed certification records, it found an error in analysis by its supplier related to the 787 forward pressure bulkhead. The FAA has been notified, and Boeing has paused 787 deliveries until the analysis and documentation are completed.

While Boeing won’t be able to resume deliveries until it shows the FAA it has resolved the issue, production will continue and Boeing doesn’t expect the issue to require additional work on the 787s.

Safety of flight concern does not exist for the fleet currently in service, the company said. Although near-term deliveries may be affected, we do not anticipate any change to our production and delivery outlook for the year at this time. We will continue to follow the FAA’s lead.

In off-hours trading, the company’s shares fell 3%.

There have been several issues with the planes, which are often used for long-haul international flights. This is not the first time deliveries have been halted.

When the FAA determined there were issues with Boeing’s method for evaluating the wide-body planes, Boeing halted deliveries for the second time in less than a year in May 2021. As previously mentioned by the FAA, the issues were related to the incorrect spacing on some parts of the 787 aircraft, including the fuselage, which Boeing acknowledged was a problem in 2020, which caused deliveries to be halted for five months.

The company delivered its first 787 Dreamliner to American Airlines in August 2022, marking a milestone for the company because the majority of the aircraft’s price is paid when it’s delivered.

United Airlines ordered 100 787 Dreamliners, with the option to buy 100 more, to replace some of its older stock a few months later.

According to United, the planes would be delivered between 2024 and 2032, a major boost for Boeing.

Scott Kirby, United’s CEO, said buying more Boeing 787s was easier than buying Airbus’s A350 wide-body planes.

Introducing a new fleet type slows the process of hiring 2,500 pilots a year and growing the airline dramatically, he told reporters. He later added by saying, that the truth is, that the 787 is a much better replacement for the 767 because it’s smaller.

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