Federal safety officials have confirmed that Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner deliveries will resume.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Federal regulators said Monday that they are satisfied with the changes made by Boeing in the production of its 787 Dreamliner passenger jet, allowing the company to resume deliveries.
American Airlines said Wednesday that it expects to receive its first new 787 in more than 15 months as soon as Wednesday.
The announcement by the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed reports from late last month and came just days after the agency’s acting chief met with safety inspectors who oversee Boeing.
The FAA stated that acting Administrator Billy Nolen wanted to learn about Boeing’s efforts to address manufacturing issues and ensure independence for Boeing employees who work with regulators. Several issues have plagued the production of the large, two-aisle 787, including gaps between panels of the carbon-composite skin and the use of unapproved titanium parts from an Italian supplier. For the majority of the last two years, these issues prevented Boeing from delivering any of the planes, and approximately 120 have been parked while Boeing attempted to fix the production process.
The FAA stated that each plane will be inspected before it is approved for delivery.
The delivery halt hit American Airlines particularly hard. It delayed some planned international flights earlier this year because Boeing was unable to deliver the planes on time.
American announced on Monday that its newest 787 will be manufactured by Boeing in South Carolina and will begin carrying passengers “in the coming weeks.” American has 47 active 787s in its fleet, with another 42 on order.
Boeing Co., based in Arlington, Virginia, saw it’s stock rise less than 1% on Monday after rising nearly 4% earlier in the trading session.
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