Boeing Co. has announced the receipt of clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration to resume production and delivery of its wide-bodied aircraft. The plane maker, based in Arlington County, Virginia, had halted the delivery of 787 Dreamliners in February over documentation issues. According to the FAA, Boeing was engaged in an additional analysis of its fuselage component.
The FAA expects to give safety clearance next week
In today’s BNN news, the FAA has cleared the delivery of wide-bodied jets after Boeing addressed its concerns. It is also noted that the FAA might give final safety clearance to Boeing by next week to commence delivery of the jets. However, FAA will inspect and certify every plane before Boeing commences the delivery.
A spokeswoman for Boeing said the company already complied with regulatory requirements by conducting additional analysis as instructed by the FAA. Boeing’s in-service fleet or production line need not undergo any changes for this compliance. Wide-bodied Boeing jets are used on international and long-haul journeys. Following the approval from the FAA, shares of Boeing ended higher on Friday, despite major stock indices in the US being in the red.
Boeing has been dealing with regulatory and production issues concerning its Dreamliner for the past few years. The company had halted the delivery of its wide-bodied jets for several years until August 2022, when it will resume. In a communication in early 2022, the FAA said each plane would be tested for compliance using its officials before giving clearance for delivery instead of Boeing employees conducting final safety checks.
Airlines anticipate further delays in the delivery of wide-bodied jets
According to the people familiar with the matter, Boeing has been informing people privately that the halting of the jets, which began in February, would last for several weeks. Airlines, which are eagerly awaiting the delivery of wide-bodied jets in 2023, are anticipating further delays in the delivery of the planes because they are getting ready for the busy summer travel season.
Boeing gives priority to the delivery of wide-bodied dream liners to its customers to realize revenues. Suppliers are also eagerly waiting for the delivery of the jets as they make their components and parts for the 737 Max and Dreamliner. The narrow-body jets (737 Max) are used on shorter routes.
In a communication last month, Boeing said the problem leading to the recent halt was noticed during the certification records review. An analysis error was traced to the supplier of the forward bulkhead used in the 787 Dreamliner. The pressure head is located in the nose of the jet, which has faced a lot of problems previously.
Boeing is on track for the committed delivery of the dream liners this year, according to the news gathered from the best news websites. The company plans to deliver around 80 dream liners in 2023. Boeing has already completed most of these jets.
According to estimates from Boeing, a hundred 787 Dreamliners are built and waiting for delivery to customers. It currently has a backlog of 575 orders for wide-bodied jets. The company has already sold the product for the next three years.