US aircraft maker Boeing is allowed to deliver the 787 Dreamliner, which has been plagued by defects. The FAA gave initial approval to the company. The 787 Dreamliner was grounded for about two years due to construction defects.
The insider says the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA for short, has approved Boeing’s plans to inspect and repair construction defects in the airframe. The construction error was in connecting parts of the hull of the boxes. At that time, holes were found in about twenty places that had not been properly filled.
The FAA’s approval doesn’t immediately mean sales of the aircraft type will rebound again. Boeing must first make the required repairs. The FAA must then inspect and certify each aircraft individually. According to sources, Boeing aims to resume deliveries of the aircraft around August 8.
$338 million each
Since the end of 2020, about 120 of the 787 Dreamliners have been grounded, for $338 million each (about 330 million euros converted). Airlines such as American Airlines have aircraft on order from Boeing.
If the planes can be sold again, Boeing may be able to offset the previous financial damage caused by having to keep the plane on the ground. In the second quarter of this year, Boeing made sharply lower profits than the previous year, in part due to production problems with the 787 Dreamliner.
Earlier this month, Boeing’s commercial director, Stan Dale, said the aircraft maker plans to ramp up production. With the delivery of the Dreamliners, the stock will drop, he said during the important Farnborough Air Show in the UK.
There, Boeing received more new orders for the first time than rival Airbus, which has done much better for years. Boeing received orders for 297 aircraft, while Airbus received only 85 aircraft. Boeing also expects global aviation to need more than two million new employees over the next 20 years as its fleet will double as the pandemic approaches.
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